Statesboro, Georgia

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1. Statesboro Area - Civil War - Georgia Tourism
2. Statesboro, Georgia - Wikipedia
3. Official Statesboro Tourism Guide - Statesboro, GA
4. Bulloch County Georgia Genealogy

5. Sherman's March
6. New Georgia Encyclopedia: Sherman's March to the Sea
7. General Sherman's March to the Sea

December 4, 1864, Statesboro, Georgia, is the first major town visited by the Right Wing of Sherman's Army in almost two weeks.

During the Civil War and General William T. Sherman's famous march to the sea, a union officer asked a saloon proprietor for directions to Statesboro. The proprietor replied, "You are standing in the middle of town." The soldiers destroyed only the courthouse—a crude log structure that doubled as a barn when court was not in session. After the Civil War, the city began to grow and Statesboro emerged as a major town in southeastern Georgia. Statesboro provided the inspiration for the blues song "Statesboro Blues," written by Blind Willie McTell in the 1920s and famously covered by The Allman Brothers Band.


(June 2008) Enlarge Statesboro Court House

(June 2008) Enlarge Confederate Memorial erected in 1909 by the Statesboro chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy on the grounds of the court house



(June 2008) Enlarge Jencks Bridge marker (June 2008) Ogeechee River sign at the modern bridge
(June 2008) Enlarge Ogeechee River from the bridge    

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