“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gray in Jones 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. Shermanís 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 cityís defenders [CS] were supplied. On the 27th, Stoneman left Decatur, crossed the Ocmulgee (Yellow) River near Covington (46 miles NW), and turned down the left bank toward Macon.

On the 30th, at Clinton (7 miles S), he detached parties of the 14th Illinois Cavalry which wrecked railway facilities at Gordon, McIntyre and Toomsboro (SE of Clinton) and at Griswoldville (SSE). They burned trains, loaded cars on sidings, machinery, supplies, trestles and the railway bridge over the Oconee River east of Toomsboro. Stoneman advanced to Macon (19 miles SW) where he was stopped by Georgia Militia, strongly intrenched. Unable to force their works, he shelled Macon briefly, then attempted to retreat.

Next morning, Sunday the 31st, after a night of harassment, he was brought to bay at this point by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., who, with only 1300 cavalry [CS] had marched to intercept him.

Deceived by Iverson into believing that he was being surrounded, his men exhausted and ammunition running
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
2. The Stoneman Raid Marker
The marker is hidden in the tree line on Georgia Highway 11
low, Stoneman covered the escape northward of Adamsí and Capronís brigades; then he surrendered himself, with about 600 men and his artillery and train, to what Iverson had led him to believe was a much larger force.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 084-15.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 5.339′ N, 83° 36.912′ W. Marker is in Gray, Georgia, in Jones County. Marker is on Monticello Highway (Georgia Route 11) one mile north of Otis Redding Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is in the south edge of the community of Round Oak. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Monticello Highway, Gray GA 31032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunshine Church II (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Planterís Academy (approx. 1.9 miles away); Birthplace of Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 6.2 miles away); Across the Ocmulgee (approx. 6.2 miles away); Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 6.4 miles
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 -- Monticello Highway -- toward Round Oak and Monticello
away); Clinton Methodist Church (approx. 7 miles away); Gen. Iversonís Birthplace (approx. 7 miles away); LaFayette (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gray.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 984 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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