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Winder in Barrow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard
 
The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, March 19, 2009
1. The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard Marker
 
Inscription. Closing in on Atlanta in July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman found it "too strong to assault and too extensive to invest." To force its evacuation, he sent Maj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman's cavalry [US] to cut the Macon railway by which its defenders were supplied. At the Battle of Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon), Stoneman surrendered with 600 men to Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., [CS], after covering the escape northward of Adams' and Capronís brigades. Both units retreated via Athens, intending to resupply their commands there and to "destroy the armory and other government works," but were stopped at the river bridge south of Athens by Home Guard units with a battery of guns. Unable to cross, they turned west; Capron on the Hog Mountain road through Jug Tavern (Winder), and Adams on roads farther north by which he reached the Union lines near Marietta without further losses.

Capron passed through Jug Tavern late that night and marched to Kingís Tanyard (5 miles NW on State 211) where he halted for two hours to rest his exhausted command. Before dawn on August 3rd, he was surprised by Williamsí Kentucky brigade [CS]. About 430 of his men were captured and sent to Athens, a few escaping through the woods. Capron himself, with six men, reached the Union lines near Marietta four days later -- on foot.

This action, known also
 
The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, March 19, 2009
2. The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard Marker
The Barrow County Courthouse is in the background.
 
as the Battle of Jug Tavern, was the final event of the Federal fiasco called the Stoneman Raid.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 007-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 59.526′ N, 83° 43.284′ W. Marker is in Winder, Georgia, in Barrow County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broad Street (Georgia Route 11) and Laura Street, on the right when traveling south on North Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the lawn of the Barrow County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 North Broad Street, Winder GA 30680, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barrow County (a few steps from this marker); Builder of the Nation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Concord Methodist Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winder's Most Historical Site (approx. ľ mile away); Glenwood Elementary and High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Yargo (approx. 1.3 miles away); Russell House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rockwell Universalist Church (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winder.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,038 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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