March to the Sea: Ebenezer Creek Historical Marker

Location

Ebenezer Rd.
Rincon GA 31326

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Tuesday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Wednesday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Thursday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Friday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Saturday : 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Sunday : 12:00am - 12:00am

One mile north of this historical marker, on Dec. 9, 1864, during the American Civil War, U.S. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis crossed Ebenezer Creek with his 14th Army Corps as it advanced toward Savannah during Gen. William T. Sherman's March to the Sea. Davis hastily removed the pontoon bridges over the creek, and hundreds of freed slaves following his army drowned trying to swim the swollen waters to escape the pursuing Confederates. Following a public outcry, Sec. of War Edwin Stanton met with Sherman and local black leaders in Savannah on Jan. 12, 1865. Four days later, President Lincoln approved Sherman's Special Field Orders No. 15, confiscating over 400,000 acres of coastal property and redistributing it to former slaves in 40-acre tracts. The marker was erected in 2010 for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. (Marker Number 51-2.)

Amenities
Special Tags
  • Civil War Site
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
Facility Amenities
  • Self-guided Tours