Historic Markers Across Georgia

The 15th Corps at the Savannah and Ogeechee canal

Marker ID: GHM 025-72
Location: Located on Ga. 204 at the intersection with Bush Road and Savannah Ogeechee Canal, 2.4 miles west of I-95 interchange
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 1.419    W 081° 19.027
  32.02365    -81.31711
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4EMM
The 15th Corps at the Savannah and Ogeechee canal Marker  


On Dec. 6 1864, the 15th Corps [US], Maj. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, USA, the extreme right of Gen. Sherman´s army on its destructive March to the Sea, forced a crossing of Great Ogeechee River at Jenk´s Bridge (US 80 east of Blitchton) and drove the Confederate defenders toward Savannah. Corse´s division crossed and occupied Eden. Smith´s division remained on the west bank with the corps trains. With Hazen´s and Woods´ divisions, Osterhaus moved down the west bank. Hazen to take the bridge over Canoochee River east of Bryan Court House (Clyde), Woods to prepare crossings over the Ogeechee at Fort Argyle (1 mile W. across the river) and on the charred ruins of Dillon´s bridge, at the mouth of this canal.

On the 8th, Corse moved down the east bank to this point and found the bridge over the canal in flames. He rebuilt it, then camped here for the night. On the 9th, Smith arrived with the corps trains. Corse moved forward to the Darien road (US 17), defeated a small Confederate force entrenched astride both roads, and drove it toward Savannah. On the 10th, Corse moved north of Little Ogeechee River followed by Hazen who, having secured the bridge over the Canoochee, had crossed the Ogeechee at Dillon´s Bridge. Smith moved north along the canal, followed by Woods who had crossed the Ogeechee at Fort Argyle. That night, Corse, Woods and Smith were in line facing the strong Confederate works along Salt Creek, with Hazen in reserve at the Little Ogeechee.