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Near Monticello in Jasper County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Stoneman Raid

 
 
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
1. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Inscription. In July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman’s army [US] closed in on Atlanta. Finding its fortifications “too strong to assault and too extensive to invest,” he sought to force its fall by sending Maj. Gen George Stoneman, with three cavalry brigades (2112 men and 2 guns) to cut the Central of Georgia R.R. by which the city’s defenders [CS] were supplied. On the 27th, Stoneman left Decatur, crossed the Ocmulgee (Yellow) River near Covington (27 miles NW), and turned down the left bank toward Monticello. Arriving here at dark on the 28th, he learned that there were no bridges over the Ocmulgee above Macon by which he could reach the railroad.

Deciding to destroy the railroad at and beyond Macon instead, Stoneman departed at dawn and marched to Clinton (26 miles SE). Next morning, he detached part of the 14th Illinois Cavalry which wrecked railway facilities at Gordon, McIntyre and Toomsboro (SE of Clinton) and at Griswoldville (SSE), and burned trains, stocks of supplies, trestles and the railway bridge over the Oconee River.

At Macon (38 miles S), he was turned back by Georgia Militia, strongly intrenched, and began a retreat which was intercepted next morning at Sunshine Church (19 miles S), by Brig. Gen Alfred Iverson, Jr., who, with only 1300 cavalry [CS], managed to delude him into believing that he was
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
2. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 11 toward Monticello
being surrounded. Stoneman covered the escape northward of Adams’ and Capron’s brigades, then he surrendered, with about 600 men and his artillery and train, to what Iverson had led him to believe was a superior force.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 079-6B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 16.338′ N, 83° 40.446′ W. Marker is near Monticello, Georgia, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 11 and Perimeter Road (Georgia Route 380), on the left when traveling north on State Route 11. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello GA 31064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hebron Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Reese Home (approx. 2.2 miles away); Jackson Springs (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Inn (approx. 2.2 miles away); Jasper County (approx. 2.3 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 5 miles away); Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 6.8 miles away); Birthplace of Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monticello.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
3. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 11, the Stoneman Raid marker is on the left, and a marker for the Hebron Baptist Church on the right
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
4. The Stoneman Raid Marker
The marker is almost impossible to see if driving south on Georgia Highway 11 (this view is looking north)
 
 
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