Covington has become the charming, sought-upon town for several different reasons; however, one of the biggest events that made Covington so beautiful and interesting is the role it played during the Civil War in the mid-19th century. While the Union General, General Sherman, marched through the state of Georgia destroying everything in his path, he decided to leave Covington practically untouched. Thanks to his mysterious decision, Covington's antebellum era architecture still remains and with that, so is the story that turned Covington into the charming, intriguing, Southern city that it is today.
With Sherman’s March to the Sea and Covington’s role in the Civil War such a large part of its history, it’s no shock that Covington recently dedicated an official Civil War Heritage marker last Wednesday, June 17th. This official Civil War Heritage marker was dedicated to Covington and can be found on Covington’s historic downtown Square near the Civil War monument.
The Civil War Heritage marker took its rightful place near the monument on the square that shows a soldier facing the west, which symbolizes the fading on the Confederacy after the Civil War. The dedication of the Civil War Heritage marker was met with much approval among the Covington community and is a marker that shares Covington's Civil War story and the importance of General
Sherman's mostly unexplained decision.
Along with showing Civil War history, this Civil War Heritage marker officially adds Covington to the historical tourism route that the Civil War directly touched in Georgia. The historical route includes six different regions. These regions include South Georgia, Wilson's Raid, The Atlanta Campaign, Northeast Georgia, Jefferson Davis region, and Macon.