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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The March to the Sea

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 19, 2015
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription. On December 21, 1864, during the Civil War, U.S. forces under Gen. William T. Sherman captured Savannah, completing the March to the Sea, a military campaign designed to destroy the Confederacy’s ability to wage war and break the will of its people to resist. After destroying Atlanta’s industrial and business (but not residential) districts, Sherman’s 62,500 men left that city in mid-November and marched over 250 miles, reaching Savannah by mid-December. Contrary to popular myth, Sherman’s troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war – food, railroads, train depots, factories, cotton gins, and warehouses. Abandoning their supply base, they lived off the land, destroying food they could not consume. They also liberated thousands of enslaved African Americans. Sherman’s “hard hand of war” demoralized Confederates, hastening the end of slavery and the reunification of the nation.
 
Erected 2014 by The Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Battlefields Association for the Civil War 150 Commemoration. (Marker Number 25-50.)
 
Location. 32° 4.417′ N, 81° 5.65′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bull Street and West Harris
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 19, 2015
2. The March to the Sea Marker
West Harris Street is in the background.
Street, on the left when traveling south on Bull Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the west side of Madison Square a few yards south of West Harris Street. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemansonry (a few steps from this marker); Madison Square, British Southern Line of Defenses (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Madison Square (within shouting distance of this marker); History Of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15 (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Ogeechee Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergeant Jasper (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding The March to the Sea. There are many historians who dispute a number of the statements on the marker and use of the word "myth." Sherman's army not only burned a number of residences but all outbuildings -- barns, smokehouses and similar structures -- at many of the plantations.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Sherman's March to the Sea. This article, from the respected New Georgia Encyclopedia, mentions Sherman's "burning many homes on their march to the sea." (Submitted on October 16, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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