“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Stoneman Raid

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By David Seibert, July 4, 2011
1. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Inscription. In July, 1864, Union forces under Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, closed in on Atlanta. Finding its fortifications “too strong to assault and too extensive to invest,” Sherman sought to force its evacuation by sending Maj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman, with three cavalry brigades (2112 men and 2 guns), to destroy enough of the railroad to Macon to shut off the flow of supplies. On the 27th, Stoneman moved south through Decatur, crossed the Ocmulgee (Yellow) River near Covington, and marched down the east bank toward Macon.

On the 30th, at Clinton (12 miles NE), he detached a party of the 14th Illinois Cavalry, which wrecked the railway facilities at Gordon (20 miles E), burned the railway bridge over the Oconee River, and escaped via Milledgeville. He then advanced to East Macon where he was checked by the Georgia Militia, at Dunlap’s farm, supported by a battery in Fort Hawkins. Unable to advance, and learning that Confederate cavalry was advancing through Macon, he shelled the city briefly, then withdrew toward Monticello.

Next morning, Sunday the 31st, he was brought to bay at Sunshine Church (7 miles N of Clinton) by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., CSA, who, with three cavalry brigades (about 1300 men) had marched from Atlanta to intercept him. Deceived by Iverson’s strategies, Stoneman covered the escape
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 4, 2011
2. The Stoneman Raid Marker
of two of his brigades; then, his ammunition almost gone, he surrendered himself and 600 of his men to what Iverson had contrived to convince him was a substantially superior force.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 011-13.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 50.399′ N, 83° 37.888′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on Mulberry Street 0 miles west of New Street, in the median. Click for map. The marker stands in the median near the east-bound lane of Mulberry, just east of the crossover where the street narrows. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge Asa Holt House (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mulberry Street Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); The First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Baptist Church of Christ
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 4, 2011
3. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Looking east on Mulberry Street toward downtown Macon; the spire of the First Presbyterian Church is just visible in the distance.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Bibb County (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Joseph's Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Macon.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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