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Sandy Springs groups to unveil Civil War markers
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November 13, 2013 10:26 AM | 837 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In partnership with the Georgia Civil War Commission, the Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society and Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism, Heritage Sandy Springs will unveil two historic markers interpreting the city’s invasion and occupation by Union troops in June 1864, Heritage announced Friday in a news release.

The organizations unveil the signs Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., and at the second location, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 850 Mount Vernon Hwy., at 11:15 a.m.

The sign unveilings are open to the public to attend.

The signs help interpret the invasion and occupation of Sandy Springs by federal forces in the summer of 1864 when Gen. William T. Sherman unleashed his Army to cross the Chattahoochee River to take the city of Atlanta. For a time, during the first weeks of July 1864, the fields and farms of Sandy Springs became the location of the second largest city in the South. The signs explain the role of Sandy Springs in the Civil War and are illustrated with maps pinpointing historic areas and military crossings. The crossing of the river by Federal forces was the first step in the fall of Atlanta and Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Heritage also has an interactive Civil War mobile app available for free download on iTunes. The App is a driving tour, which takes users to many of the historic sites around Sandy Springs and reveals the story of that turbulent time in summer 1864.

Information: (404) 851-9111, ext. 1 or email curator@heritagesandysprings.org.
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