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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 11, 1864

Much of Rome, Georgia Destroyed

Union forces, obeying the order of General William T. Sherman, completed the burning of Rome, Georgia. Some homes were spared, but mills, warehouses, depots, wagon shops, tanneries, commercial buildings, bridges, and a host of other structures were torched. This was just the beginning of the destruction to be wrought on Georgia during the March to the Sea. As Sherman has said in a telegram to General Ulysses S. Grant on October 9: “I can make this march, and I will make Georgia howl!”