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He Wouldn't Run

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
1. He Wouldn't Run Marker
Inscription. J. Rufus Kelly, 18, was a member of Co. B, 14th Ga. Infantry, Confederate Army. At Jericho Ford, Va. when the 14th had orders to fall back, young Kelly kept advancing, waving his hat and rifle and urging his comrades to come on. When the retreat continued, Kelly teamed up with another brigade, losing a leg in battle. Back home at Gordon on crutches, he voluntarily spied on Sherman’s Army advancing from Macon. Dashing into Gordon on horseback, he warned Georgia’s Adjutant General Henry C. Wayne that the federals were coming, then roundly cursed the [CS] Officer for entraining his 700 cadets and paroled convicts for flight from the 100,000 oncoming [US] marchers.

“I will defend the women and children of Gordon alone,” Kelly told Gen. Wayne on the porch of the old Solomon Hotel here. Aided by one man, John R. Bragg, Kelly went out to meet the advancing Union forces and killed one soldier. The advance was delayed until the Union forces deployed around Gordon. They captured Kelly when his horse staggered, and sentenced him to be shot. But he wasn’t. He escaped from a wagon crossing the Ogeechee Swamp and lived for many years after the war. He is buried at Liberty Hill Church near Myrick's Mill Pond in Twiggs County.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
2. He Wouldn't Run Marker
Number 158-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 52.984′ N, 83° 20.572′ W. Marker is in Gordon, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Milledgeville Road (Georgia Route 243) and Westbrook Road, on the right when traveling south on Milledgeville Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gordon GA 31031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); The March to the Sea (a few steps from this marker); The Evacuation of Gordon (a few steps from this marker); Ramah Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 4.8 miles away); Myricks Mill (approx. 6.3 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville: (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gordon.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
3. He Wouldn't Run Marker
Looking southeast on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) at the BASF Kaolin plant, which dominates the town. The He Wouldn't Run Marker is the closest of the four markers.
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
4. He Wouldn't Run Marker
Looking northwest on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) toward the intersection with Gray Highway (Georgia Highway 18). The "He Would't Run" marker is the fourth in the row.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 44 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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