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This Day in Georgia History

November 19, 1864

Georgia Confederate Delegation on March to the Sea

From Richmond, Georgia’s delegation to the Confederate Congress sent a telegraph to the people of Georgia indicating that they had met with Confederate president Jefferson Davis and secretary of war James Seddon about Sherman’s March to the Sea. Noting that the Confederate government was doing all that it could, the message exhorted the people of Georgia: “Let every man fly to arms! Remove your negroes, horses, cattle, and provisions from Sherman’s army, and burn what you cannot carry. Burn all bridges and block up the roads in his route. Assail the invader in front, flank, and rear, by night and by day. Let him have no rest.”

To view images from the March to the Sea, see the Digital Library of Georgia.