THE MARCH TO THE SEA On Nov . 15 , 1864 , After Destroying Atlanta And Cutting H ...

THE MARCH TO THE SEA On Nov . 15 , 1864 , After Destroying Atlanta And Cutting H ...

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Description: THE MARCH TO THE SEA 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 Garrards cavalry [ US ] . That night , the 20th Corps camped two miles west of Madison on the old Covington road . On the 19th , GearyÕs division was detached to destroy the RR bridge over the Oconee River ( 13 miles E ) and other bridges downriver toward Milledgeville . JacksonÕs division marched through town and camped four miles south on the Eatonton road . WardÕs 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 MadisonÕs second ordeal by fire , large stocks of army supplies and valuable industrial property having been burned by Adams« brigade ( of Stonemans cavalry ) on August 1st . Georgia Historical Commission , 1957

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