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The March to the Sea

 
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription.  On Nov. 15, 1864, after destroying Atlanta and cutting his communications with the. North, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, began his destructive campaign for Savannah -- the March to the Sea. He divided his army [USA] into two wings. The Right wing marched south from Atlanta to feint at Macon but to cross the Ocmulgee River above the city and concentrate at Gordon.

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched through Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the Rock Bridge road toward Social Circle to strike the Georgia Railroad at that point and destroy it to Madison. The 14th Corps, accompanied by General Sherman, cleared Decatur the next day and turned SE toward Covington. That night, the 20th Corps camped near Stone Mountain where, next morning, about two miles of railroad was destroyed.

On the 16th, the 20th Corps continued east on the Rock Bridge road, crossed the Yellow River, and camped here in the vicinity of Rock Bridge Post Office to allow the trains to close up. Jackson’s and Ward’s divisions camped near the river. Geary’s division, about a mile south east on
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the road to Social Circle.

Next morning, the 20th Corps marched east through Sheffield to Centreville Box (Jersey) and camped for the night between Cornish and Big Flat creeks, with Geary’s division on the west bank of the Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River, three miles from Social Circle and the undefended main line of the Georgia Railroad.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-86.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the Sherman’s March to the Sea series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1863.
 
Location. 33° 45.615′ N, 84° 2.842′ W. Marker is in Lithonia, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Norris Lake Road and Norris Lake Drive, on the right when traveling south on Norris Lake Road. The marker is in a small landscaped park at the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lithonia GA 30058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hightower Trail (approx. 4.7 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away); Hightower (Etowah) Trail (approx. 6.3 miles away); Stone Mountain - Confederate Memorial
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
2. The March to the Sea Marker
(approx. 6˝ miles away); The Country Comes Before Me (approx. 6˝ miles away); Conyers Methodist Church (approx. 6˝ miles away); So, What Happened Here? (approx. 6˝ miles away); Rockdale County (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking southeast from Norris Lake Road at the intersection with Norris Lake Drive
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
4. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking north on Norris Lake Road
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
5. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking up at the intersection from the park on Norris Lake Drive
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,363 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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