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This Day in Georgia History

November 10, 1864

Sherman Ordered Destruction in Rome

Sherman’s forces - including several thousand Union hospital patients - evacuated Rome. During the evacuation, Sherman gave the following order to Brig. Gen. John Corse:

You will destroy tonight all public property not needed by your command, all foundries, mills, workshops, warehouses, railroad depots or other storehouses convenient to the railroad, together with all wagon shops, tanneries, or other factories useful to the enemy. Destroy all bridges immediately, then move your command tomorrow to Kingston.

[Order in collection of Rome City Library]