“Harvest of Death”: The Battle of Griswoldville

Emerging Civil War

On November 15, 1864, the vanguard of William T. Sherman’s forces left the city of Atlanta, Georgia on what would become the March to the Sea. Their ultimate objective was the city of Savannah, about 250 miles away.

Over the course of about the next month, Sherman’s men moved across the Georgian countryside in a relatively unopposed march, besides for the occasional cavalry skirmish and run-in with home guard pickets. During the entire march, there were only two set battles: the Battle of Griswoldville, and, at the end of the march, the capture of Ft. McAllister. The first of those battles, Griswoldville, occurred 150 years ago, Nov. 22, about ten miles away from Macon, Georgia.

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