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Sandersville in Washington 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, October 28, 2009
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 24, 1864, the Left Wing of Gen. Shermanís army [US], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, crossed the Oconee River at Milledgeville enroute to Sandersville. On the 26th, after delays caused by destruction of bridges over Buffalo Creek by Wheelers cavalry [CS], the Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps -- Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA) reached Sandersville, the 14th Corps (Davis) having marched via Black Spring and the 20th Corps (Williams) via Hebron. Near Keg and Buffalo Creeks their advance had been hotly contested, but the infantry columns forced back the small cavalry units and entered Sandersville before noon. The invaders having been fired upon from the windows and portico of the court house, Gen. Sherman ordered the structure destroyed.

That afternoon, Jacksonís and Gearyís division, 20th Corps, moved to Tennille (3 miles S) to destroy the railroad from that point to Davisboro. Next morning, Wardís division, 20th Corps, and Carlinís division, 14th Corps, moved to Davisboro with the artillery and trains of both corps. Morganís and Bairdís divisions, 14th Corps, moved to Fennís Bridge (13 miles NE), crossed the Ogeechee River, then turned toward Louisville.

On the 27th, Gen. Sherman, who had accompanied the Left Wing from Atlanta to Sandersville, changed to the Right Wing (15th and
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
2. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking east on East McCarty Street
17th Corps) which was then near Tennille.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 59.235′ N, 82° 46.918′ W. Marker is in Sandersville, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is on East McCarty Street (Georgia Route 24) 0.1 miles west of McDaniel Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1282 East McCarty Street, Sandersville GA 31082, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brown House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Washington County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Saunderís Store (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington County World War II Monuments (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington County World War I Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington County World War II Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington County Korean Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away); Washington County Viet Nam War Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandersville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
3. The March to the Sea Marker
The marker is well hidden at the edge of the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,081 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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