- Historic Sites
From Atlanta To The Sea
A newly discovered Union diary shows that Sherman’s march was about as Ruthless as Southerners have always said it was
December 1978 | Volume 30, Issue 1
Nov. 23rd. Marched at 6 A.M. Very cool, ground frozen quite hard in morning but of course did not last long. During our march this day we burned an immense quantity of cotton and corn, also destroying the plantation of Senator [Howell] Cobb, now Maj. Gen. C.S.A. [Confederate States of America], Militia. We made a clean thing of this plantation, burning everything that would burn. All that he has left to mark a once happy and beautiful home is the charred ruins and desolate fields. We camped for the night 3 miles from Milledgeville, Ga. Today the Rebs. captured some of our foragers and shot them, the balance escaping and reporting of the same. We encamped for the night in a beautiful grove, having marched 12 miles.