In December 1864, as William Tecumsah Sherman moved in on Savannah, he found that even though that city lay but a scant 10 miles away, he felt he had "miles and miles to go before he sleeps, for he had promises to keep". General Sherman had, after all, promised to "give Savannah to President Lincoln for a Christmas present", and Christmas was fast approaching.
So it happened that a group of harassed Yankees pitched camp beside Pooler's train station on the bitter December 9, 1864. At that time, fewer than 200 residents remained in this lonely, impoverished community, and neither they nor the Union troops could envision the Pooler that is in existence today.
Pooler remembers Robert William Pooler, a planner for the Central of Georgia Railroad. Pooler had worked long and hard to complete a "feasibility study" on the proposed railroad expansion into the area. Although Pooler never lived in the community named after him, he was, some years after his death, re-buried at Laurel Grove Cemetery.