Historic Markers Across Georgia


Marker ID:  R16
Location: within Heritage Square Park, next to the former train depot (now the Bartow Museum), Depot Street, Bartow, GA
County: Jefferson
Coordinates: N 32° 52.773    W 082° 28.463
  32.87955    -82.47438333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMVREV


Johnson, a former Georgia governor, United States Senator and 1860 Democratic vice presidential nominee running mate of Stephen Douglas lived just north of town. He was a political moderate and worked to prevent Georgia's secession. However, Johnson remained loyal to his state. He served as a Confederate senator from Georgia during the war.

General Williams and the 20th Corps headquarters, General Jackson and his division plus the brigade of Colonel Patrick H. Jones (guarding the 20th Corps supply wagons) in Brigadier General John W. Geary's division all camped the night of November 28th at Bartow in a grove of pines that stood just east of the depot. The next morning Williams and his command departed Bartow. By 1:00 p.m. the remaining two brigades of Geary's division and the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics Regiment reached town with orders to destroy the railroad east to the Ogeechee River. During this same time General Sherman was traveling eastward just to the south of Bartow. He accompanied the 17th Corps of his army's "Right Wing" on the old Savannah Road.

[Photo captions]
Left: Francis S. Barrow
Middle top: Herschel V. Johnson (Library of Congress)
Middle bottom: Burning of Ties and Rails (Harper's Weekly)
Right top: Approximate routes of the "March to the Sea" through middle Georgia in November 1864 (adopted from the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies)
Background watermark: Troops Destroying Railroads

[to view photos of this marker, see HMDB.org]

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