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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 08, 1864

Report on Sherman’s Destination, Repairing of Railroads

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted reports that Sherman was indeed headed for Georgia’s coast, and - from an Augusta newspaper - that work was underway to repair the railroads that had been destroyed by the Union army.

From Georgia - Sherman’s movements. We received no news from Sherman on yesterday. At our last advices, he was believed to be moving towards the coast, and our troops were concentrating to obstruct his route. We are glad to see from the Augusta papers that the railroad companies in Georgia are going to work vigorously to reconstruct and repair their railroads. The Central railroad is already running from Macon nearly to Gordon. The Atlanta and West Point road will be in running order in a month, and the Georgia road, from Augusta to Atlanta in forty days. Latest accounts, received last night, state that Sherman is moving in two columns down the Ogechee river, one column on either side.