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Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River

 
 
Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 1, 2009
1. Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker
Inscription. On Dec. 6, 1864, the 15th Corps (US), Maj. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, USA the extreme right of Gen. Sherman's army on its destructive March to the Sea, camped near Jenk's Bridge, on Great Ogeechee River east of Blichton. On the 7th, Oliver's brigade of Hazen's division was sent down the west bank of the Ogeechee to seize the bridge over Canoochee River, two miles southeast of Bryan Court House (Eden) (Clyde) and one-half mile northwest of this point. From Black Creek to the Canoochee, the advance was resisted by Confederate cavalry. After skirmishing most of the way, Oliver reached the bridge only to find it in flames and the south bank held by infantry and artillery (CS) under Col. John C. Fizer. The position being naturally strong, with swamps along the river, Oliver withdrew to bryan Court House to await Hazen's arrival.

On the 8th, Hazen reached Bryan Court House accompanied by Gen. Osterhaus and supported by Woods' division, which was posted near Fort Argyle on the Ogeechee. Learning of an abandoned ferry site downstream from the bridge, Hazen sent a party across during the night, flanked the position at the bridge, and forced the defenders to fall back toward "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill). At dawn, the bridge was repaired and two brigades crossed. One moved to Station No. 2 (Way's), the other to Station No. 3 (Fleming), to break
Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker at turnoff for CR67 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 1, 2009
2. Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker at turnoff for CR67
the Savannah and Gulf (ACL) Railroad at those points.
 
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 015-12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 31° 58.371′ N, 81° 22.631′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 144 and County Route 67, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 144. Click for map. Located 4.2 miles West of US 17 on Fort Stewart Military Installation. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Argyle (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McAllister (approx. 4.1 miles away); "Dead Town" of Hardwicke (approx. 4.1 miles away); Courthouse Annex (approx. 4.2 miles away); Ways Station (approx. 4.4 miles away); Henry Ford at Richmond Hill (approx. 4.5 miles away); J. F. Gregory (approx. 4.6 miles away); Robert E. Lee (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker, looking east on Ga 144 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. Hazen's Division at the Canoochee River Marker, looking east on Ga 144
 
 
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