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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 03, 1864

March to the Sea in Millen

General Sherman wrote in his memoirs of stopping Millen, Georgia on this day to communicate with all parts of his army, then preparing for the last leg of the March to the Sea.

“On the 3d of December I entered Millen with the Seventeenth Corps and there paused one day, to communicate with all parts of the army. General Howard was south of the Ogechee River, with the Fifteenth Corps, opposite Scarboro. General Slocum was at Buckhead Church, four miles north of Millen, with the Twentieth Corps. The Fourteenth was at Lumpkin’s Station, on the Augusta Road, about ten miles north of Millen, and the cavalry division was within easy support of this wing. Thus the whole army was in good position and in good condition. We had largely subsisted on the country; our wagons were full of forage and provisions; but, as we approached the sea-coast, the country became more sandy and barren, and food became more scarce; still, with little or no loss, we had traveled two-thirds of our distance, and I concluded to push on for Savannah.” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Marching Through Georgia: William T. Sherman’s Personal Narrative of His March Through Georgia (New York: Arno Press, 1978), p. 157.

Sherman had written of his army suffering “little or no loss” - the “little” part of that statement was provided by the Texas Rangers following them.

“Dec. 3d. Moved on slowly, all tired, and weather bad. After riding ten miles, we heard of a party of Yanks and cut for them; found twelve at a house. We soon had six ready for the ditch, and six prisoners, and are now in Scriven county, and the poorest country in the State, all pine timber. We camped five miles of Silvania, the county seat.”

Source: Diary of Cpl Enoch John