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Sherman's March to the SeaCivil War: Sherman's March to the Sea

Nov. 4 through 7, 2014

We are continuing our travels in commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial this fall. This time, we are following Union General William T. Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea” from Atlanta to Savannah. 

Our trip includes a tour of Atlanta’s Cyclorama, the world's largest oil painting illustrating the Battle of Atlanta; a tour of the Antebellum Governor's Mansion, which was briefly claimed by Sherman during the March; and a visit to the Brown House Museum, once Sherman’s headquarters. We will also visit Magnolia Springs State Park, which was known as Camp Lawton during the war. This camp was noted as the world’s largest prison and the site of more than 13,000 Union POW deaths. Our tour also takes us to Fort McAllister and Fort Pulaski.

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Day 1 – Indianapolis to Atlanta

7:45 a.m.     Depart the History Center by shuttle for airport

10 a.m.        Depart Delta 796 to Atlanta

11:28 a.m.  Arrive Atlanta airport

Noon            Depart airport by coach (Lunch en route)

1:15 p.m.     Cyclorama (guided tour)
The Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta is the world's largest oil painting, painted in 1885-86 by artists from Germany. It has been shown in Grant Park since 1893.

3 p.m.            Atlanta History Center (Meet guide Professor John Derden from East Georgia State College)
Tour includes a summary of the Atlanta Campaign, review of the Dubose Collection, one of the largest private collections of Civil War artifacts, collected and donated by Beverly M. DuBose Jr. and other Civil War exhibits.

6 p.m.            Dinner at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Known for its Southern cooking in Atlanta for the last 70 years, Mary Mac's was officially declared Atlanta's Dining Room by a resolution of the  Georgia House of Representatives.

8:30 p.m.     Check-in hotel – Drury Inn, 6520 S Lee St, Morrow, GA 30260; (770) 960-0500

Day 2 –  Atlanta to Milledgeville

8:30 a.m.  Depart hotel (Breakfast at hotel)

10 a.m.     Battle of Griswoldville
The Battle of Griswoldville on Nov. 22, 1864, was the only infantry battle opposing General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah.

11:45 a.m. Antebellum State Capitol Museum
The Old Capitol Museum is located on the bottom floor of the Old State Capitol. The museum offers the opportunity to experience real Civil War history in the
building where Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union.

Lunch on your own near Georgia University campus

Antebellum Governor’s Mansion, Milledgeville
This National Historic Landmark and fine example of High Greek Revival architecture served as home to 10 governors of Georgia prior to the official relocation of Georgia's government to Atlanta in 1868. On Nov. 22, 1864 Sherman briefly claimed the mansion as a "prize" in the "March to the Sea." The
Mansion has been restored to its original appearance in an award-winning restoration process and now serves as an historic house museum.

4:30 p.m.      Check-in hotel – Hampton Inn, 2461 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061; (478) 451-0050

5:45 p.m.      Depart for Dinner at Aubri Lanes, Milledgeville Historic District

8 p.m.            Return to Hampton Inn

Day 3 –   Milledgeville to Savannah

Breakfast at hotel
8 a.m.         Depart hotel (Breakfast at hotel)

9 a.m.         Brown House Museum, Sandersville
Brown House was a headquarters of Gen. Sherman in 1864. In celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the museum is showcasing an
enlarged exhibit of Civil War items in addition to Washington County pottery, information about the Kaolin Industry and artifacts from the historical Sandersville Old City Cemetery.

10:30 a.m.   Louisville, Jefferson County
Louisville was Georgia's third state capital from 1796 to 1806, but its first "permanent" capital. The city's layout is similar to that of Philadelphia, in terms of
the grid plans of streets and squares. The Jefferson County courthouse, built in 1904, stands on the site of Georgia's first permanent capitol, constructed in 1795. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Noon             Lunch at McKinney’s Pond, Midville
McKinney's Pond is a 125-acre, spring-fed cypress pond and the site of the oldest manmade structure in Emanuel County and the oldest and most famous
restaurant, which shares the pond's name. As casual as eating fish with your fingers, the McKinney's experience is about delicious food and southern hospitality

1:45 p.m.        Birdsville Plantation (Private tour)

3 p.m.              Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton. Constructed in 1864, the camp served as “the world’s largest prison.”

6 p.m.              Check-in – Hampton Inn, Historic District, A201 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA, 31401; (912)-231-9700

Dinner on your own

Day 4 –    Savannah

8 a.m.          Depart hotel (Breakfast at hotel)

8:30 a.m.     Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, this scenic park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864 – ending Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”

10:13 a.m.  Fort Pulaski, Tybee Island
For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.

Noon           Sherman’s Headquarters – Green-Meldrim House
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman used this house as headquarters when the federal army occupied Savannah upon the invitation of home owner Mr. Green. It was at this time (December 1864) that General Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the City of Savannah as a Christmas gift. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

1:15 p.m.       Lunch at Pirates House, Savannah
Savannah's famous Pirates House is located on one of the most historic spots in Georgia. It is here that Trustees Garden, the first experimental garden in America, was located. Since 1753, The Pirate's House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. The Pirate's House first opened as an inn for seafarers and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas.

2:45 p.m.         Depart for airport

3:15 p.m.         Arrive Savannah airport

5:00 p.m.         Depart Delta 1983 for Atlanta

6:12 p.m.         Arrive Atlanta

7:15 p.m.         Depart Delta 1535 for Atlanta

8:52 p.m.          Arrive Indianapolis (Shuttle to the History Center)


Double occupancy –  $1,474 member / $1,624 nonmember (includes membership)
       after July $1,724 member / $1,874 nonmember (includes membership)
Single occupancy –  $1,674 member / $1,824 nonmember (includes membership)
      after July 1 $1,874 member / $2,074 nonmember (includes membership)


  • Airfare from Indianapolis to Atlanta / Savannah to Indianapolis
  • Transportation via luxury coach, restroom-equipped
  • Three nights' accommodations (Baggage handling may not be included at all hotels.)
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners
  • Admission to attractions noted in itinerary
  • Historian guide service each day

Fees are non-refundable (unless travel insurance is purchased); $500 per person deposit due with registration.

Download registration form here.

For more information or to register, please contact Jennifer Hiatt at (317) 234-2670 or email at jhiatt@indianahistory.org.