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This Day in Georgia History

November 12, 1864

Sherman Destroyed Railroads and Telegraph Lines

Gen. Sherman prepared for his March to the Sea by ordering that railroads and telegraph lines connecting Atlanta with Northwest Georgia be destroyed. The Western & Atlantic Railroad’s bridge over the Chattahoochee River was burned. The Army of the Tennessee was now cut off from supplies in Chattanooga and would be on its own during its march to Savannah.