November 28th, 1864

Nov. 28th, 1864:

The Left Wing of Sherman’s army moves from the Ogeechee River at Fenn’s Bridge to Louisville and Bartow.  The Right Wing Occupies Riddleville and Wrightsville.  Both of the wings are getting closer to each other and will eventually merge as they close on Savannah.

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Bartow, once a stop on the railroad, is now small quiet little town with most of its stores shuttered.  The Left Wing occupied the town and destroyed as much of the railroad as possible while they were there.
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The Left Wing also moved into Louisville.  Today a stark reminder of a terrible time in our nations history still stands in the town of Louisville.  The pavilion here predates the Civil War and was used as a market to sell goods as well as slaves.
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November 27th, 1864

Nov. 27th, 1864:

The Left Wing has reached the Ogeechee River and begins to cross at Fenn’s Bridge.  A series of sharp cavalry battles ensue in the area of Waynesboro when Sherman feints toward Augusta.  The Left Wing also provides support for Kilpatrick as he operates and clashes with Wheeler between Millen and Waynesboro.

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Ga. 88 now crosses the Ogeechee River at the site of Fenn’s Bridge.  Confederate Cavalry General Wheeler had left the bridge intact for his own operations in the area, but upon returning to destroy it, his units were met by Federal troops preventing their attempt to destroy the bridge.
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The courthouse of downtown Waynesboro.  Federals and Confederate Cavalry clashed and skirmished for several days in the area and on December 4th they fight the Battle of Waynesboro.

150 Years Ago Today: Nov. 28th, 1864

Nov. 28th, 1864:
     The Left Wing of Sherman’s army moves from the Ogeechee River at Fenn’s Bridge to Louisville and Bartow.  The Right Wing Occupies Riddleville and Wrightsville.  Both of the wings are getting closer to each other and will eventually merge as they close on Savannah. 

150 Years Ago Today: Nov. 23 – Nov. 27, 1864

Nov. 23rd, 1864: 
     The Left Wing of Sherman’s army moves into and occupies the Georgia State Capitol of Milledgeville.  At one point, soldiers occupy the state house building and hold a mock session of the legislature.  They have speeches and vote to repeal secession.  General Sherman takes the Governor’s Mansion as his headquarters.  The Governor had taken all the furnishings with him to Macon leaving the mansion empty.  Sherman slept in his bedroll on the floor. 
     The Right Wing reaches the Oconee River north east of Macon.  After passing through McIntyre and Toombsboro they are delayed at Ball’s Ferry by stiff Confederate resistance. 

Nov. 24th, 1864:
     General Kilpatrick takes his cavalry column and leaves the Right Wing and feints toward Augusta with elements of the Left Wing.  General Hardee arrives at Ball’s Ferry to assess the situation.  He decides that their lines must be abandoned and they withdraw during the night. 
     They Left Wing begins to leave Milledgeville and moves through Hebron.

Nov. 25th, 1864:
     The Left Wing begins to move towards Sandersville and begin to meet active Confederate resistance and begin to skirmish almost constantly as they advance.

Nov. 26th, 1864:
     The Right Wing occupies Oconee and have taken the abandoned lines of the Confederates at Ball’s Ferry.  The Left Wing enters Sandersville where they clash with cavalry as the enter town and fight a running skirmish through the town square.  Elements of the Left Wing move out from Sandersville and move toward Tennille and Davisboro. 

Nov. 27th, 1864:
     The Left Wing has reached the Ogeechee River and begins to cross at Fenn’s Bridge.  A series of sharp cavalry battles ensue in the area of Waynesboro when Sherman feints toward Augusta.  The Left Wing also provides support for Kilpatrick as he operates and clashes with Wheeler between Millen and Waynesboro.