The next Ramble for the Rockdale County Historical Society will be Nov. 7, when the society will follow the route of the Left Wing of Sherman's Army in 1864 as it marched across Georgia from Conyers to Madison. We will travel by full size motor coach with commentary provided by Steve Longcrier, executive director of Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails.
The tour will begin at 8 a.m. at the Conyers Depot, which was burned twice during the Civil War — once by General Kenner Garrard and then burned and tracks destroyed by the XIV Corps under the leadership of General William T. Sherman.
Highlighting the tour will be stops at Philadelphia Methodist Church located off Hightower Trail in Conyers. This site was chosen by the local Civil War Heritage Trails Committee to included in this state project.
In Covington the tour group will visit the Old Church in Oxford, home to Emory University. During the War the Church served as military hospital.A drive to the Covington square will account the arrival of 14,500 Federal 14th Corps soldiers commanded by Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis.
Burge Plantation in Mansfield was home to Dolly Sumner Burge, whose diary personally accounted the horror and devastation of the day Sherman’s men "paid a call" at her home.
Following a stop in Rutledge at the Depot the group will drive to Madison for lunch and a return trip to Conyers by 3:30 p.m.
The cost of the tour is $35 and includes meals. All paid reservations must be made payable by Wednesday, Nov. 4, to Susan Vaughn, 2145 Millers Chapel Road, Conyers, Ga. 30094, and are non-refundable. For further details contact Susan Vaughn at (770) 922-4547.