Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Walk-about RV Park and More Savannah

Woodbine, Georgia High 81 Low 57

Today we had an easy drive to Woodbine and are staying at the Walk-about RV Park. It has more amenities than the Park at Hardeevile and only has 40 RV sites. This Park has a small swimming pool and a nice club house. It is nearly full. We are staying here for 2 nights.

I am putting some more pictures from the squares in Savannah. The old buildings around the squares have a lot of character.

We saw lots of modes of tour vehicles. There were lots of buses and horse drawn carriages. There were quite a few Pedi cabs and then two people powered vehicles went by. These were something we have never seen before.

We drove down River Street which is a cobblestone street. There were lots of people visiting the various shops, but I’m not sure where they parked. We only saw two parking lots and they both were full. Some of the shops looked interesting, but we had nowhere to stop, as street parking is not allowed.
This is at the bottom of a rain gutter down spout.

Savannah is an interesting place to visit. During the Civil War, in November and December, 1864, General Sherman of the Union, captured Atlanta and he decided the best way to win the war was to march to the sea, destroying everything in the way; sort of a scorched earth war would be today. When The Union got near Savannah, General Hardee, of the Confederacy, decided not to surrender but to escape. On December 20, he led his men across the Savannah River on a makeshift pontoon bridge. The next morning, Savannah Mayor Richard Dennis Arnold, with a delegation of aldermen and ladies of the city, rode out (until they were unhorsed by fleeing Confederate cavalrymen) to offer a proposition: The city would surrender and offer no resistance, in exchange for General Geary's promise to protect the city's citizens and their property. Geary telegraphed Sherman, who advised him to accept the offer. Arnold presented him with the key to the city, and Sherman's men, led by Geary's division of the XX Corps, occupied the city the same day.

The March to the Sea was devastating to Georgia and the Confederacy. Sherman himself estimated that the campaign had inflicted $100 million (about $1.4 billion in 2010 dollars)  in destruction, about one fifth of which "inured to our advantage" while the "remainder is simple waste and destruction.” The Army wrecked 300 miles (480 km) of railroad and numerous bridges and miles of telegraph lines. It seized 5,000 horses, 4,000 mules, and 13,000 head of cattle. It confiscated 9.5 million pounds of corn and 10.5 million pounds of fodder, and destroyed uncounted cotton gins and mills.] Military historians Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones cited the significant damage wrought to railroads and Southern logistics in the campaign and stated that "Sherman's raid succeeded in 'knocking the Confederate war effort to pieces'."] David J. Eicher wrote that "Sherman had accomplished an amazing task. He had defied military principles by operating deep within enemy territory and without lines of supply or communication. He destroyed much of the South's potential and psychology to wage war."

Thanks for visiting.


  1. It's on my wish list, but every time we get close, I can't handle the humidity and we head in another direction. This has to be the best time of year to visit.

    1. All the other thousands of tourists must also think now is the time of year to visit.