To Preserve Family and Farm is the historical account of the encounter between the Army of Major General William T. Sherman and the Wiggins family of Emanuel County, Georgia during the “March to the Sea” which occurred in November 1864 and continued until November of the following year. Originally, this story was handed down for decades in our family. However, in 2002, we discovered an official record of some of these events in Sarah Wiggins’ claim before the Southern Claims Commission which included a shocking statement by Sarah Wiggins that she was a Union loyalist and willingly assisted Sherman’s Army.
As the great-great grandson of John and Sarah Wiggins, the main characters in this story, I have attempted to be as historically accurate as possible and provide as many supporting citations as possible. However, many of the events and circumstances of this story continue to be clouded by 150 years of oral retelling.
There are currently 15 chapters (located under “The Story” tab at the left) that I continue to update on a regular basis as more information becomes available. For ease of reading, I recommend you start with the Introduction before heading for Chapter 1. Also, new information is posted under the “Recent Posts” tab at the left.
I would welcome any comments or information you can provide about any of the events or characters in this account. While I’m happy to share this info with anyone, I would ask that you obtain permission prior to reprinting any of my original work in this blog. Please feel free to contact me.