Historic Markers Across Georgia



Sherman's March to the Sea: Battle of Shaw's Bridge and Shaw's Dam



Marker ID: GHS 25-19
Location: Chatham Parkway between I-16 and Telfair Place
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.588    W 081° 09.548
  32.07646666    -81.15913333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4ER0
Sherman's March to the Sea: Battle of Shaw's Bridge and Shaw's Dam Marker  



Text:

Beginning on December 10, 1864, Union and Confederate soldiers fought near here at Shaw´s Bridge and Shaw´s Dam, as Union General William T. Sherman´s army moved toward Savannah. During bloody fighting, Confederates twice repulsed Union attempts to overwhelm the Confederate earthworks covering the causeway across the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal. On December 20, 1864, after the fall of Fort McAllister due south of here, the Confederates abandoned their defensive positions and retreated into the city, setting the stage for the surrender of Savannah two days later and marking the end of Sherman´s March to the Sea.



 

Sherman's March to the Sea: Battle of Shaw's Bridge and Shaw's Dam

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Wikipedia: American Civil War

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