It’s going to be a hot time in the old town of Marietta on Saturday, November 8, 2014, when they commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, including the Burning of Marietta, with a real-life experience of General Sherman’s devastating burning of the Historic Square and the City’s triumphant rebirth.
Please Note: Sorry, these historians do not need amateur assistance reenacting the burning of Marietta again. Thank you.
Marietta effectively surrendered when Confederate General Joseph Johnston was forced to abandon the town on July 2, 1864. Even though the Union Army and federal troops had been occupying Marietta since July, Southern citizens who had remained saw no real activity until early November when trains began running at all hours of the day and night carrying wounded Union troops and various supplies.
The trains’ only destination was North, and fast. The reason for the urgency was simple and harsh – once the last train had gone north, the railroad and City would be burned and destroyed by General Sherman.
In the days and weeks that followed, history would record the destruction of Downtown Marietta as one of the first steps towards General William Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Events Scheduled for Burning of Marietta on November 8th
- Civil War Festival on the Square 10 am – 9 pm
- Kids’ Games & Activities 12 pm – 5 pm (Games include a Bucket Brigade, Sherman DunkTank, Civil War era games, and various other fun events!
- Marietta Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck Event 12 pm – 5 pm
- Burning, Rebirth & Live Battle Skirmish at 8 pm
- Symphony on the Square
- Re-enactor Camp on the Square