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

The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 13, 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 through Decatur, the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, taking the road to Social Circle (7 miles NW) to strike the Georgia Railroad there and destroy it through Madison. On the night of the 17th, the 20th Corps camped NW of Social Circle near the Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River.

On the 18th, the railroad was destroyed from Social Circle to Madison (16 miles). Here at Rutledge, the depot, water tank, warehouses and other RR facilities were destroyed by the 28th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, those at Social Circle having been destroyed in July by Garrard's cavalry [US]. That night, the 20th Corps camped with its leading division (Geary's) two miles west of Madison, on the railroad, from which point it marched next day to destroy the bridges over the Oconee River. Between Atlanta and Milledgeville, the movements of the Left Wing were almost unopposed, the few Confederate troops available being employed against the Right Wing to protect Macon, a principal arsenal center, and the Central of Georgia Railway
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 104-10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Sherman''s March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 37.35′ N, 83° 36.774′ W. Marker is in Rutledge, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlanta Highway (U.S. 278) and Newborn Road, on the right when traveling east on Atlanta Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rutledge GA 30663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rutledge (approx. ¼ mile away); Rutledge Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hard Labor Creek State Park (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dorsey (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fairplay (approx. 4.8 miles away); Brownwood-Centennial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Reese (approx. 5.7 miles away); Hightower Trail (approx. 6½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutledge.
Categories. War, US Civil
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 1,084 times since then and 73 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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