Midville in Burke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Pine Barren Crossroads
A Junction of Sherman's Right Wing
—March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
During Union Major General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, between November 15 to December 21, 1864, he accompanied his 17th Corps, led by Major General Francis P. Blair, Jr., from Tennille to Pooler (near Savannah). Encamping the evening of November 29 approximately ten miles west of here along the Old Savannah Road, the 17th Corps entered this intersection on the afternoon of November 30. From here it turned north to cross the Ogeechee River and camp at Burton (now Midville), Station 9 ½ on the Central of Georgia Railroad. The 17th Corps continued through Millen, following roads on the east side of the Ogeechee River to Savannah.
This region is called both "Wiregrass" and "Pine Barrens." Major Henry Hitchcock, a member of Sherman's staff describes the area in his diary, "All through this pine country there are better farms than we expected, and large stores of corn, fodder, and potatoes (sweet), but Lt. Snelling tells me that this is true only along the main roads and that off of these, there are either no farms or mere patches..." Foraging was common throughout this area.
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Top left: 17th Corps Headquarters Flag
Bottom left: Major General Francis P. Blair, Jr., commander of the 17th corps.
Middle: Marching Day Map
Top right: 15th Corps Headquarters Flag
Bottom right: Major General Peter J. Osterhaus, commander of the 15th corps.
Erected 2002 by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number R18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 32° 47.052′ N, 82° 14.67′ W. Marker is in Midville, Georgia, in Burke County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Savannah Road and East Main Street (Georgia Route 56), on the left when traveling east on Old Savannah Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Savannah Road, Midville GA 30441, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Savannah Road (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Sherman at Midville (approx. 2˝ miles away); Summerville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sherman at the Jones Plantation (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bark Camp Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bark Camp Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Old Town Plantation (approx. 9.7 miles away); The 20th Corps (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midville.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.