Waynesboro in Burke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro
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.
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 (Submitted on May 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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