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This Day in Georgia History

November 25, 1864

Skirmish on March to the Sea

Sherman’s army had a brief skirmishe today. The 14th and 20th Corps now formed the northern wing advancing toward Sandersville. Meanwhile to the south, the 17th Corps experienced a brief skirmish–sometimes identified as the Battle of the Oconee River Bridge - with a strange combination of Confederate forces consisting of the Fourth Kentucky (of the Kentucky “Orphan Brigade”), cadets from the Georgia Military Institute at Milledgeville, and Georgia state penitentiary convicts. Badly outnumbered, all the Confederate coalition could do was delay the advance of the 17th.

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