Clinton in Jones County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
"...with much diﬃculty he restrained them from burning the [entire] town."
—March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
Federal cavalry under Major General George Stoneman passed through Clinton twice in July en route to and returning from their unsuccessful raid on Macon. After Stoneman's defeat at Sunshine Church on July 31st the Federals captured there passed through Clinton yet again on their way to prison at Macon's Camp Oglethorpe.
On Saturday, November 19, 1864, nearly 5,000 Federal cavalrymen led by Brigadier General H. Judson Kilpatrick thundered into Clinton during their "March to the Sea." Three infantry divisions of the 15th Corps started arriving about noon the following day, allowing Kilpatrick's Cavalry to feint toward
Despite Clinton's depressed economy. Some structures remained for the Federal troops to burn. Major Thomas Osborn, Howard's chief of artillery wrote, "Some of the men captured with General Stoneman were now with General Union Major General Kilpatrick and it was with Peter J. Osterhaus much difficulty he restrained them from burning the, [entire] town." The Federals destroyed most of the remaining industrial and commercial buildings. The three 15th Corps infantry divisions departed Clinton on the 21st. Osterhaus ordered one division to march toward Gordon and the other two to move toward Irwinton. As the troops departed Osterhaus became aware of a Confederate force near the town of Griswoldville. He changed his orders to meet this threat.
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number R9.)
Marker series. Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 32° 59.834′ N, 83° 33.546′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Georgia, in Jones County. Marker can be reached from Pulaski Street 0.2 miles east of Greene Settlement Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 442 Pulaski Street, Gray GA 31032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Griswold (here, next to this marker); Sherman’s Right Wing (here, next to this marker); The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); Clinton Female Seminary (here, next to this marker); Macarthy-Pope House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); LaFayette (about 700 feet away); Clinton Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Iverson’s Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
More about this marker. Located in the Old Clinton Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.