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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 22, 1864

Sherman Plundered Howell Cobb’s Plantation

Union General William T. Sherman and the 14th Corps spent the evening at General Howell Cobb’s plantation about ten miles northeast of Milledgeville. Realizing whose property it was, Sherman gave the order to “spare nothing,” as he later wrote.

“Of course, we confiscated his property … . I sent word back to General Davis to explain whose plantation it was and instructed him to spare nothing. That night huge bonfires consumed the fence-rails, kept our soldiers warm, and the teamsters and men, as well as the slaves, carried off an immense quantity of corn and provisions of all sorts.”