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South Central Georgia/Southwest Georgia Introduction

South Central Georgia witnessed Sherman's March in 1864, when his men came through Screven and Bulloch counties on their way to Savannah; and this region has two of the most unique sites in Georgia: Jefferson Davis's capture site and Museum and the "Yank-Reb" town of Fitzgerald, founded by Union veterans in the heart of Dixie 30 years after the Civil War. In Sylvania, Robbins Mill is located, which still operates every first and third Saturday using only the power provided by a nearby pond. The mill was first built at this location in 1807, was destroyed by Sherman's troops and was eventually rebuilt. South Central Georgia, in southeast central Georgia, is a traditional southern area of rich farmlands, beautiful rivers, and friendly small towns. Southwest Georgia, in the southwest corner of Georgia, is famous for its beautiful plantations and productive farmlands. This area was the breadbasket of the Confederacy, with its rich, rolling agricultural land helping to feed its armies. There are few major Civil War sites here, but the area witnessed the building of a Confederate battleship at Saffold, Early County, a temporary Confederate prison camp and cemetery at Thomasville, a fort, hospitals and cemeteries at Albany, Cuthbert, and Fort Gaines, Cemeteries at Quitman and Colquitt County (at Greenfield Church), and the last surviving Confederate flagpole in Blakely.

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