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The Stoneman Raid

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
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 (69 miles NW), and turned down the left bank toward Macon.

On the 30th, at Clinton (16 miles NW), Major F. M. Davidson, 14th Illinois Cavalry, was detached with 125 men to destroy railway facilities. Here at Gordon, he “burned a large brick depot filled with army supplies, destroying 11 locomotives, and burned 11 trains of cars consisting of 40 passenger cars, 80 box-cars, filled with commissary and quartermaster stores, and 20 open cars loaded with machinery, also burned a large building stored with tools and machinery belonging to the railroad company, and 1 cotton factory; destroyed the telegraph office, with several instruments, capturing the operator, and tore up half a mile of railroad track.” He destroyed facilities and supplies at McIntyre and at Toomsboro, and burned the railway bridge over the Oconee River.

Repulsed at Macon, Stoneman’s retreat was
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
2. The Stoneman Raid Marker
intercepted early on the 31st at Sunshine Church (7 miles north of Clinton) by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., who, with only 1300 cavalry [CS] deluded Stoneman into surrendering to his much smaller force.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 158-3B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 52.982′ N, 83° 20.57′ 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 March to the Sea (here, next to this marker); He Wouldn't Run (here, next to 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
 
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
3. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Looking northwest toward the intersection with Gray Highway (Georgia Highway 18). The marker is third of the four.
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
4. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Looking southeast on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) at the BASF Kaolin plant, which dominates the town. The marker is second of the four.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 2 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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