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Loganville in Walton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Garrard’s Cavalry Raid

 
 
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By David Seibert, October 4, 2011
1. Garrard’s Cavalry Raid Marker
Inscription. On July 20, 1864, Union forces under Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, were closing in on Atlanta. Hq. 2nd Cavalry Division [US], Brig. Gen. Kenner Garrard, was in Decatur, 6 miles E of Atlanta. Garrard’s three brigades were guarding bridges over the Chattahoochee River and picketing the left flank. That night, Garrard was ordered to assemble his command and march to Covington (18 miles S) to burn the bridges over the Yellow and Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) rivers and destroy the Georgia Railroad in that area.

He marched late on the 21st. Next morning the destruction was begun. At Covington, he burned the depot, a newly built hospital center, 2,000 bales of cotton, and large quantities of quartermaster and commissary supplies. After destroying 2 railroad and 4 wagon bridges, 3 trains and 6 miles of track, he turned north toward Loganville, arriving here about noon on July 23rd.

After sending Minty’s brigade to Lawrenceville (11 miles NW) on the same mission, Garrard stripped this vicinity of horses and mules, then marched back to Decatur, arriving on the 24th.

Garrards’s raid cut off all communication between Atlanta and Augusta and destroyed any hope that the Army of Tennessee [CS] – the hard-pressed defenders of Atlanta -- might receive supplies or reinforcements from the Eastern Confederacy.
 
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Garrard’s Cavalry Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 4, 2011
2. Garrard’s Cavalry Raid Marker
1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 147-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 50.298′ N, 83° 54.156′ W. Marker is in Loganville, Georgia, in Walton County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlanta Highway (U.S. 78) and Conyers Road (Main Street) (Georgia Route 20), on the right when traveling east on Atlanta Highway. Click for map. The marker stands at the O'Kelly Memorial Library. Marker is in this post office area: Loganville GA 30052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawrenceville Female Seminary (approx. 9.3 miles away); Birthplace of Bill Arp (approx. 9.6 miles away); Gwinnett County (approx. 9.6 miles away); Button Gwinnett (approx. 9.6 miles away); Watering Trough 1873 (approx. 9.6 miles away); a different marker also named Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (approx. 9.6 miles away); Memorial to the Fallen of 1836 (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Home of Major William E. Simmons (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Garrard’s Cavalry Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 4, 2011
3. Garrard’s Cavalry Raid Marker
Looking past the marker to the intersection of Atlanta Highway (US 78), left, and Main Street (or Conyers Road, Georgia Highway 20) on the right. Both are very old roads, dating to the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 3 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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