Historic Markers Across Georgia



March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek



Marker ID: GHS 51-2
Location: On Ebenezer Road (Georgia Route 275) east of County Road 284 at the Ebenezer Cemetery.
County: Effingham
Coordinates: N 32° 22.396    W 081° 10.955
  32.37326666    -81.18258333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCKBD
March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek Marker
Photo by Mike Stroud



Text:

One mile north, on December 9, 1864, during the American Civil War, U.S. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis crossed Ebenezer Creek with his 14th Army Corps as it advanced toward Savannah during Gen. William T. Sherman's March to the Sea. Davis hastily removed the pontoon bridges over the creek, and hundreds of freed slaves following his army drowned trying to swim the swollen waters to escape the pursuing Confederates. Following a public outcry, Sec. of War Edwin Stanton met with Sherman and local black leaders in Savannah on January 12, 1865. Four days later, President Lincoln approved Sherman's Special Field Orders No. 15, confiscating over 400,000 acres of coastal property and redistributing it to former slaves in 40-acre tracts.

2010 by Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. 51-2




March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek
Photo by Ken Moser



 

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