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Sherman’s Infamous March to the Sea and a tour of Confederate Georgia

January 17-21, 2019

A BGES Civil War Field University Program

Ditches at Fort Mcallister

Ditches at Fort McAllister
Patriot Pub Co. The Photographic History of the Civil War

Of all the Civil War generals, perhaps none is more reviled than Ohio-born William T. Sherman. Elevated to a position second only to U.S. Grant, Sherman charted a “hard war” path in his infamous March to the Sea, immortalized in Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone with the Wind. As we kick off our 2019 schedule, join us as we experience the most memorable elements of the march and other sites, including Irwinville, where Jefferson Davis was captured; the National POW Museum at the infamous Andersonville Prison; the National Infantry Museum; the National Civil War Naval Museum; Alexander Stephens’ home; and Fort Tyler.



Stephen Wise, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is director of the Parris Island Museum and the Cultural Resource Manager for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, South Carolina. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. A well-known lecturer, he has appeared on the Arts and Entertainment Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, as well as in various British Broadcasting Company and South Carolina Education Television and Radio productions. He has written and edited a number of works, including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863, which was named by the South Carolina Historical Society as the best book written in 1994 on South Carolina history. Stephen is an advisor to the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, a past president of the Beaufort County Historical Society, and he serves on the editorial board for the South Carolina Historical Magazine. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.