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Near Tennille in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Irwin’s Crossroad

 
 
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
1. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 26, 1864, the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of Gen. Sherman’s army [US], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, crossed the Oconee River at Ball’s Ferry (9 miles SW), on pontoon bridges, after two days of delay spent in dislodging the determined Confederate defenders.

The 1st Alabama Cavalry [US] moved to Oconee (No. 14, CRR, 6 miles W) to burn the railway bridge over the river, which the invaders had found too well defended to capture by direct assault. Woods’ and Corse’s divisions, 15th Corps, moved to Irwin’s Crossroads. Hq. Right Wing (Maj. O. O. Howard, USA) and Hq. 15th Corps (Maj. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, USA) were established here. Maj. Gen. F. P. Blair, USA, encamped his 17th corps at the forks of the Oconee-Irwins roads (5 miles SW).

Next morning Leggett’s division, 17th Corp, moved to Oconee. Beginning there, it destroyed the railroad “to a point opposite Irwin’s Cross-Roads.” Rice’s and Hurlbut's brigades of Corse’s division and Williamson’s brigade of Woods’ division completed the destruction to Tennille (No. 13, CRR). During the day, the 17th Corps moved to Irwin’s Crossroads, followed by Hazen’s and Smith’s divisions, 15th Corps, and the pontoon bridge trains.

On Nov. 28th, the Right Wing moved toward Savannah on roads south of the railroad,
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
2. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 68 toward Tennille
halting that night with its left near Riddleville and its right at Wrightsville.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-18B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 51.433′ N, 82° 50.984′ W. Marker is near Tennille, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is on Georgia Route 68 0.1 miles north of Hurst Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tennille GA 31089, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jared Irwin (approx. 2.2 miles away); Colby Smith (approx. 4.5 miles away); Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 5 miles away); Sherman and Hardee at Tennille (approx. 5.9 miles away); Tennille (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Defense of the Oconee Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 7 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (approx. 8.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tennille.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
3. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Looking south on Georgia Highway 68 toward Bell's Ferry
Old Store at Irwin's Crossing image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
4. Old Store at Irwin's Crossing
This is the only old building remaining in the community.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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