Historic Markers Across Georgia



The March to the Sea



Marker ID: GHS 60-13
Location: North Avenue and Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 46.238    W 084° 20.926
  33.77063333    -84.34876666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
The March to the Sea Marker  



Text:

On November 15, 1864, during the Civil War, U.S. forces under Gen. William T. Sherman set out from Atlanta on 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 marched over 250 miles, reaching Savannah in mid-December. Contrary to popular myth, Sherman's troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war- 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 in their path. Sherman's "hard hand of war" demoralized Confederates, hastening the end of slavery and the reunification of the nation.

Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society and the
Georgia Battlefields Association



 

The March to the Sea

Notes:

This marker was originally installed at the Carter Center in Fulton County. It was moved to Freedom Park and is now in DeKalb County.

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

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Wikipedia: American Civil War

Wikipedia: Atlanta in the American Civil
NY Times: Atlanta as Left by Our Troops
NY Times: Georgia in the American Civil War
Lat34North: The Civil War in Georgia as told by its historic markers
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Lat34North: The March to the Sea

Wikipedia: The Atlanta Campaign

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Wikipedia: Second Battle of Dalton
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The Civil War in Georgia: After the fall of Atlanta

 

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