Gordon in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Evacuation of Gordon
That night, Wayne learned that the railroad had been destroyed east of Macon and that large forces [US] were approaching Gordon and Milledgeville. Gordon being no longer tenable, he decided to withdraw to the east bank of Oconee River and defend both the railroad bridge and Ballís Ferry, four miles downstream, the only practicable wagon road crossing within a dayís march.
Although criticized by local citizens for evacuating Gordon, Wayneís decision saved Caperís small force and enabled him to use it at the river where, with another small force under Maj. A. L. Hartridge, it held the railway bridge, forcing the entire Right Wing [US] to cross Ballís Ferry after losing three days spent skirmishing
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 158-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 52.979′ N, 83° 20.565′ W. Marker is in Gordon, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Milledgeville Highway (Georgia Route 243) and Westbrook Road, on the right when traveling south on Milledgeville Highway. 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); The Stoneman Raid (a few steps from this marker); He Wouldn't Run (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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