Historic Markers Across Georgia

Sherman and Hardee at Tennille

Marker ID: GHM 150-19
Location: In parking lot at Tennille square
County: Washington
Coordinates: N 32° 56.159    W 082° 48.722
  32.93599    -82.81204
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6EPN
Sherman and Hardee at Tennille Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Late on Nov. 24, 1864, Lieut. Gen. Wm J. Hardee CSA, arrived in Tennille to consult with Maj. Gen. H.C. Wayne, Adj. Gen. of Georgia as to the advisability of further resistance along the line of the Oconee River, already reached by Gen. Sherman´s army [USA] on its destructive March to the Sea. After visiting Oconee and learning the gravity of the situation, Gen. Hardee ordered a withdrawal through Tennille (No. 13, CRR) to the line of the Ogeechee River, which was effected on the 26th.

The last Confederate unit had hardly cleared Tennille when the advance guard of the 20th Corps of Gen. Sherman´s left Wing arrived from Sandersville. That day Geary´s division, 20th Corps, destroyed four miles of railroad toward Davisboro while units of the Union right Wing., which had crossed the Oconee River at Ball´s ferry, destroyed track from Oconee (No. 14 CRR) to Tennille and burned the bridge over the river. In Tennille, the depot, water tank and all other rail facilities were burned.

Upon leaving Atlanta, on the 16th, Gen. Sherman´s headquarters had accomplished the Left Wing, with which he remained as far as Sandersville. On the 27th, he transferred his headquarters to the right Wing. At 10:00 A. M. he arrived in Tennille to join Headquarters, 17th Corps (Blair´s) which he accompanied from Tennille, via Midville and Millen, to the outskirts of Savannah.