SHERMAN’S MARCH TOUR: 150th Anniversary of the March
Saturday, February 22, 2014
One of the most important campaigns of the American Civil War occurred in Georgia, when General William Tecumseh Sherman’s blue-coated soldiers conducted their March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah. Join Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History at East Georgia State College, for a day tour through Emanuel, Jenkins and Burke counties retracing the route of Sherman’s soldiers as they moved through the area on their way to the coast. You will travel some of the actual roads (among the best preserved in the state) traversed by Sherman’s soldiers and defended by Confederate troops, see several camp sites actually used by the general, and visit antebellum plantations. In addition, Dr. Derden, who has recently published the first full-length, documented history of Camp Lawton (The World’s Largest Prison: The Story of Camp Lawton [Mercer University Press, 2012], the Confederate prison located on the grounds of what is now Magnolia Springs State Park, will lead a tour of the site and give an illustrated talk about its history and its resurrection in the public mind as a result of the recent archeological findings there. Throughout the day, local anecdotes pertaining to the March will be shared.
The tour will begin on the campus of East Georgia State College in Swainsboro at 9 a.m. We will gather at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center located on Madison Dixon Drive and depart from there by bus after a brief orientation. Lunch will be provided during the tour, and we should return by 6 p.m. The cost is $70.00 per person, $10.00 per student.
The tour does not require a lot of walking. What walking there will be will be at Magnolia Springs State Park, and that is optional. Dress comfortably, and be prepared for weather changes.
This event is in its twenty-fifth year, and this year will mark the 150th anniversary of the March and the operation of Camp Lawton. Anyone with an interest in Georgia history, the Civil War, local history, or the past in general will enjoy this opportunity. Some have even given the tour as a Christmas gift to friends and family.
Join us for a day of fun, fellowship, learning, and appreciation for the sacrifices of our forebearers as well as the rich heritage of our part of the state.
For reservations or more information, please contact Amanda Williams or Elizabeth Gilmer in the Office of External Affairs at East Georgia State College at (478) 289-2133.