Historic Markers Across Georgia



The March to the Sea



Marker ID: GHS 25-50
Location: Madison Square, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.412    W 081° 5.608
  32.07353333    -81.09346666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQ44M
The March to the Sea Marker
Photo by David Seibert



Text:

The March to the Sea


On December 21, 1864, during the Civil War, U.S. forces under Gen. William T. Sherman captured Savannah, completing the March to the Sea, a military campaign designed to destroy the Confederacy’s ability to wage war and break the will of its people to resist. After destroying Atlanta’s industrial and business (but not residential) districts, Sherman’s 62,500 men left that city in mid-November and marched over 250 miles, reaching Savannah by mid-December. Contrary to popular myth, Sherman’s troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war – food, railroads, train depots, factories, cotton gins, and warehouses. Abandoning their supply base, they lived off the land, destroying food they could not consume. They also liberated thousands of enslaved African Americans. Sherman’s “hard hand of war” demoralized Confederates, hastening the end of slavery and the reunification of the nation.




2014.14 Erected for the Civil War 150 Commemoration
The Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Battlefields Association

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The March to the Sea
Photo by David Seibert


Notes:

Several knowledgeable historians have called into question the objectivity and historical accuracy of this marker.

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Lat34North: The Civil War in Georgia as told by its historic markers
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Lat34North: The March to the Sea

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