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Near Monticello in Jasper 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, September 5, 2010
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 Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps) marched east from Atlanta in two columns, to feint at Augusta but to turn southeast and converge on Milledgeville. The 14th Corps marched via Covington and Shady Dale, the 20th via Social Circle, Madison and Eatonton.

The Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, marched south via Stockbridge and McDonough and camped at Jackson on the night of the 17th. Next morning, two pontoon bridges were laid across the Ocmulgee River at Planters’ Factory (Ocmulgee Mills) near Seven Islands (12 miles SW). At one o’clock the Right Wing began its crossing into Jasper County.

The 15th Corps (Osterhaus), less Corse’s division, moved via Hillsboro (10 miles S) toward Gordon, where the Right Wing would be in communication with the Left Wing at Milledgeville. The 17th Corps (Blair), to relieve congestion on the Hillsboro road, marched via Monticello and Blountsville (8 miles NW of Gray) to Gordon. Corse’s division, the last to cross, and the 1st Missouri Engineers with the pontoon train, followed the 17th Corps.
 
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The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
2. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking west toward Jackson
2010 by Georgia Historical Society. (Marker Number 079-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 18.733′ N, 83° 44.8′ W. Marker is near Monticello, Georgia, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 16 and Buggy Road (County Route 170), on the right when traveling east on State Route 16. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello GA 31064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson Springs (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jasper County (approx. 3.7 miles away); Site of Inn (approx. 3.7 miles away); Reese Home (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 5 miles away); Hebron Baptist Church (approx. 5 miles away); Iron Springs (approx. 9.4 miles away); Home of Robert Grier (approx. 9.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text erected by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1957, which had disappeared.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking north at the intersection, at Buggy Road (County Road 170).
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
4. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking east toward Monticello, the direction of march for the 17th Corps.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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