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Society hopes to restore canal, create hiking path

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- From 1831 to 1892, everyone from slaves to merchants to Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman traveled the 16´-mile Savannah/Ogeechee canal, which connected the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers. Now, a preservation society wants to give future generations the chance to do the same thing. "The ultimate objective for the society is to restore the canal so that people could canoe from Ogeechee to Savannah," said Jerry Williamson, the volunteer director of a museum and nature center built near the canal.