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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The March to the Sea

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By David Seibert, July 12, 2008
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 [US] 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 east to Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the road to Social circle (16 miles NW), striking the Georgia Railroad there and destroying it to Madison. At Rutledge, all railway facilities were destroyed late in July by Garrard's cavalry [US]. That night, the 20th Corps camped two miles west of Madison on the old Covington road.

On the 19th, Geary’s division was detached to destroy the RR bridge over the Oconee River (13 miles E) and other bridges downriver toward Milledgeville. Jackson’s division marched through town and camped four miles south on the Eatonton road. Ward’s division destroyed the depot, water tank, warehouses, switching tracks, side-tracked cars and other railway facilities here in Madison, and quantities of cotton and army supplies.

This was Madison’s second ordeal by fire, large stocks of army supplies and valuable industrial property having been burned by Adams´ brigade (of Stoneman's cavalry) [US] on August 1st.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 104-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Sherman’s March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 35.514′ N, 83° 28.302′ W. Marker is in Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 278) 0 miles east of Foster Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in front of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 South Main Street, Madison GA 30650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stoneman Raid (a few steps from this marker); Foundation to Consolidation (within shouting distance of this marker); Advanced Education Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Hill Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Town Commons (about 500 feet away); Formal Southern Landscapes (about 500 feet away); Early Religious Life (about 600 feet away); Antebellum Architecture (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Categories. War, US Civil

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,118 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 15, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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