Historic Markers Across Georgia

The March to the Sea

Marker ID: GHM 158-7B
Location: Ga 243 near Ga 18 in Gordon, GA
County: Wilkinson
Coordinates: N 32° 52.981    W 083° 20.568
  32.88301306    -83.34279363
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7TB6
The March to the Sea Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


On Nov. 21, 1864, with the arrival of Smith´s Division, 17th corps, preceded by the 1st Alabama Cavalry [USA] which met with only sporadic resistance, the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of General Sherman´s army, which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, began concentrating around Gordon where it would be in communication with the Left Wing (14th, and 20th Corps), then converging on Milledgeville.

On the 22nd, Hq. Army of the Tennessee (the Right Wign), Maj Gen. O.O. Howard, USA, Hq. 15th Corps (Osterhaus) and Hq. 17th Corps (Blair) opened here, and Smith´s division , 15th Corps, and Mower´s and Leggett´s divisions , 17th Corps arrived. On the 23, the Artillery Brigade and Kilpatrick´s cavalry Division reached Gordon. On the 24th, Corse´s division, 15th Corps with the supply trains, a cattle herd and the pontoon train, arrived. Woods and Hazen´s divisions, 15th Corps, marched to Irwinton on roads south of Gordon and encamped there on Nov. 24th.

Beginning on the 23rd, the Right Wing moved to the Oconee River in two columns. The 1tth Corps moved along the railroad to cross at Jackson´s Ferry (above the RR bridge). That route proving to be impracticable, the 17th Corps was diverted to Ball´s Ferry (25 miles SE ) where, on the 26th it crossed on pontoon bridges, together with the 15th Corps which had moved via Irwinton. The cavalry moved Milledgeville for duty with the Left Wing.


The March to the Sea
Photo by Ken Moser