Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History and Director of the Vision Series at East Georgia State College, will lead a four-day Sherman’s March to the Sea tour from Atlanta to Savannah for the Indiana Historical Society from November 4 through November 7. The Historical Society contacted Dr. Derden and recruited his help and knowledge for the upcoming tour.
The 33 participants will fly into Atlanta on the 4th and over the next four days, cover the routes used and visit many of the sites associated with the advance by the Union Army across Georgia from November 15 to December 10, 1864. The tour will almost coincide with the 150th anniversary of those events. I developed the itinerary for the bus tour which will include visits to the Cyclorama and Atlanta History Center, the Battle of Griswoldville site, Milledgeville (the antebellum governor’s mansion and state capitol building), the Brown House in Sandersville, Louisville, Millen, Magnolia Springs State Park (the site of Camp Lawton, the Confederate military prison), Ft. Pulaski, Ft. McAllister, and the Green Meldrim House (Sherman’s Headquarters in Savannah), and many other locations associated with the March. Of course, the tour will not deal solely in strictly military matters; participant will sample a variety of Georgia’s eateries along the way, including McKinney’s Pond on Day Three.