Marching Through Georgia: Tracking Sherman Backwards Through Archaeology

Dug Gap Battlefield, Union Right Flank

The year 2011 began for me by tracking he archaeological footprint of  Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 20th Corps backwards through the State of Georgia. My sample consists of two relatively minor places of conflict, Dug Gap on Rocky Face Ridge and Monteith Swamp near Savannah. By the word minor, I mean that both battles did not greatly add substantially to the overall death count in the war. It does not mean, however, that these two engagements were meaningless. The battle at Dug Gap took place on May 8, 1864 and the battle at Monteith Swamp was on December 9, 1864.  Between these two military events was Sherman’s social engineering project to “Make Georgia Howl”. Efforts to delineate these two battlefields on the modern-day landscape were very successful and laboratory analysis and reporting phases are underway. This information will be presented to the public by years end.


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