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Waynesboro in Burke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro

 
 
The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
1. The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro Marker
Inscription. Late on Nov. 26, 1864, elements of the 3rd Cavalry Division (USA), Brig. Gen. J.L. Kilpatrick, USA, of Gen. Sherman`s army, reached the railroad bridge north of Waynesboro and partially burned it before being driven off by troops of the Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee (CSA), Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA. Next day, Kilpatrick entered Waynesboro and destroyed a train of cars and much private property before being driven from the town by Wheeler, who attacked his camp south of Waynesboro at dawn next day and drove him southwest beyond Buckhead Creek toward Louisville.

Early on Dec. 4th, Kilpatrick, supported by two brigades of Baird`s infantry division, 14th Corps (USA), advanced from Thomas` Station (6 miles S) to burn the bridges over Brier Creek north and east of Waynesboro. Finding Wheeler`s men deployed astride the road, Kilpatrick attacked. After hard fighting, Wheeler retired to Waynesboro. Here he checked Kilpatrick`s larger force with a charge by Texas and Tennessee troops to gain time to withdraw across Brier Creek and block the road to Augusta, which, at the time, appeared to be the objective of Gen. Sherman`s army.

At Brier Creek, Kilpatrick burned the rail and wagon bridges and withdrew. The supporting infantry brigades marched toward Jacksonboro and rejoined the rest of Baird`s division, encamped at Alexander.
The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro Marker, as seen in parking lot along route Ga-24 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro Marker, as seen in parking lot along route Ga-24
they were followed that evening by Kilpatrick`s command, which camped at Old Church on the old Quaker Road.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 017-16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 4.739′ N, 82° 0.473′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Georgia, in Burke County. Marker is at the intersection of South Liberty Street (U.S. 25) and State Highway 24 on South Liberty Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro GA 30830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Quaker Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonels Twiggs and Few (within shouting distance of this marker); To Honor George Washington (approx. 0.8 miles away); Waynesborough (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washington’s Southern Tour (approx. 0.9 miles away); Burke County Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Burke County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lost Burke County Men S.S. Otranto (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waynesboro.
 
Also see . . .  General Kilpatrick. After a noteworthy, but somewhat troubled
Marker located in parking lot for Restaurant, along Ga 24, looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Marker located in parking lot for Restaurant, along Ga 24, looking north
time in the Eastern Theater, Kilpatrick was transferred to the West and served as Sherman's chief cavalryman. (Submitted on May 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,469 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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