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November 8, 2014
Commemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

The City of Marietta will continue its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Marietta throughout the rest of the year, culminating with a real-life experience of General Sherman's devastating Burning of the Historic Square and the City's triumphant rebirth on Saturday, November 8.

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.

Schedule of Events for November 8th

Civil War Festival on the Square 10am-9pm

Kids' Games & Activities 12pm-5pm (Games include a Bucket Brigade, Sherman DunkTank, Civil War era games, and various other fun events!

Marietta Fire Department's Touch-A-Truck Event 12pm-5pm

Burning, Rebirth & Live Battle Skirmish at 8pm

Symphony on the Square

Re-enactor Camp on the Square

*Please remember to bring your chairs & blankets and arrive early to get a great spot on the Square to watch the Burning, Battle, & Triumphant Rebirth of Marietta!