Historic Markers Across Georgia

The March to the Sea

Marker ID: GHM 044-86
Location: Norris Lake Rd at Norris Lake Dr (at Norris Lake) off Ga 124
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 45.615    W 084° 2.842
  33.76025    -84.04736
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6GMP
The March to the Sea  Marker  


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 [USA] into two wings. The Right wing marched south from Atlanta to feint at Macon but to cross the Ocmuulgee River above the city and concentrate at Gordon.

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps) Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched through Decatur where the 20th Corps Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the Rock Bridge road toward Social Circle to strike the Georgia Railroad at that point and destroy it to Madison. The 14th Corps accompanied by General Sherman, cleared Decatur the next day and turned south-east toward Covington. That night, the 20th Corps camped near Stone Mountain where next morning about two miles of railroad was destroyed.

On the 16th, the 20th Corps continued east on the Rock Bridge road, crossed the Yellow River and camped here in the vicinity of Rock Springs Post Office to allow the trains to close up. Jackson´s and Ward´s divisions camped near the river. Geary´s division about a mile south east on the road to Social Circle.

Next morning the 20th Corps marched east through Sheffield to Centreville Box (Jersey) and camped for the night between Cornish and Big Flat creeks, with Geary´s division on the west bank of the Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) Rive, three miles from Social Circle and the undefended main line of the Georgia Railroad.