Two signs representing historic markers on the invasion and occupation of Sandy Springs by Federal troop forces in June 1864 were unveiled in November by The
Georgia Civil War Commission, Sandy Springs Historic Preservation Society and
Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism, and Heritage Sandy Springs
The sign markers are located at the Sandy Springs Library and Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
A Heritage Sandy Springs media release said the signs help interpret the invasion and occupation of Sandy Springs by Federal forces in the summer of 1864 when Union General 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 statement said.
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 Chattahoochee River by Federal forces was the first step in the fall of Atlanta and Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Heritage Sandy Springs 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 the summer of 1864.