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This Day in Georgia History

November 24, 1864

Sherman Left Milledgeville

On this Thanksgiving Day, Union forces departed Milledgeville at 10 a.m. Sherman accompanied Slocum’s 20th Corps, which took the southern road to Sandersville, while the 14th Corps takes a more northerly road. Meanwhile, Milledgeville’s mayor sent the following message by courier to the mayor of Macon:

“Our citizens have been utterly despoiled by the Yankee army. Send us bread and meat, or there will be great suffering among us. We have no mules or horses. What you send must be brought by wagon trains. The railroad bridge and the bridge across the Oconee have been burned. The State House and Executive Mansion and Factory are sill left to us. Send us relief at once.”