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Richmond Hill in Bryan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck

 
 
Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker
Inscription. On Dec. 12, 1864, the 3rd Cavalry Division [US], Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, covering the right rear of Gen. Sherman`s army which was then closing in on Savannah, crossed the Great Ogeechee River near Fort Argyle and the Canoochee River near Bryan Court House (Clyde) on pontoon bridges laid by the 1st Missouri Engineers [US] and moved down Bryan Neck. That night, Kilpatrick made his headquarters at the plantation home of Lt. Col. Joseph L. McAllister, 7th Georgia Cavalry [CS], which stood near the river immediately north of this site.

On the 13th, Kilpatrick sent Murray's brigade into Liberty County to scout the country to Sunbury. He ordered Atkins' brigade and the 10th Wisconsin Battery to camp at "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill) then, with two of Atkins` regiments, He moved down Bryan Neck. Approaching Fort McAllister, he skirmished with the Confederate pickets, driving them back to the fort. After examining the approaches to the fort, he moved on to Kilkenny Bluff (8 miles SE) where he was able to make contact with the USS "Fernandina" and forward dispatches to the flag-ship [US] reporting the arrival of Gen. Sherman's army at Savannah.

On the 14th, Kilpatrick moved with the balance of his command to Midway Church. After scouting the country and stripping it of livestock and provisions, he returned to Bryan
Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker, seen at Intersection of Ga 144 and Ga 144 Spur image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 3, 2010
2. Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker, seen at Intersection of Ga 144 and Ga 144 Spur
County and went into camp at "Cross Roads" to picket the country to the south and west, and to protect the Union supply depot at King's Bridge.
 
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 015-13.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 31° 53.401′ N, 81° 15.687′ W. Marker is in Richmond Hill, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker is on Fort McAllister Road (State Highway 144 Spur) near Bryan Neck Road (State Highway 144), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort McAllister (here, next to this marker); Richard J. Arnold (approx. 0.6 miles away); Burnt Church Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); George W. McAllister (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Clay Family of Bryan Neck (approx. 0.8 miles away); George Washington Carver School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hardwicke (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond Hill.
 
Also see . . .  The New Georgia Encyclopedia, Sherman's March to the Sea
Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker,right, shares location with Fort McAllister Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 3, 2010
3. Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker,right, shares location with Fort McAllister Marker
After being missing for several years, marker(s) here were replaced
. (Submitted on April 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 3, 2010
4. Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,108 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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