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Eatonton in Putnam County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Stoneman Raid

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By David Seibert, August 4, 2010
1. The Stoneman Raid Marker
Inscription.  Closing in on Atlanta in July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, found its vast fortifications “too strong to assault and too extensive to invest.” To force an evacuation, he sent Maj. Gen. George Stoneman’s cavalry [US] (2112 men and 2 guns) to cut the Central of Georgia R.R. by which the city’s defenders [CS] were supplied. Retreating from an attempt on Macon, Stoneman was intercepted on the 31st at Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon) by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., who, with only 1300 cavalry [CS], deluded him into believing that he was being surrounded. Stoneman covered the escape of Adams’ and Capron’s brigades, then he surrendered, with about 600 men and his artillery and train, to what Iverson had convinced him was a superior force.

Clear of the field, both brigades marched toward Eatonton. At Murder Creek (8 miles SW), Capron moved toward Madison and camped north of the Monticello road. Adams continued toward Eatonton, but paused here only to loot food and grain stocks, aware of probable pursuit. Late that night, he camped about five miles north.

Beyond Madison (22 miles N), where he burned
The Stoneman Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 4, 2010
2. The Stoneman Raid Marker
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large stocks of army supplies, he was joined next afternoon by Capron, who had marched via Rutledge (9 miles W of Madison). They made camp “twelve miles from the bridge crossing the Oconee River, near Athens.” Separated near Athens, Adams reached the Union lines safely; but Capron, resting for two hours near Winder, was surprised before dawn on August 3rd and lost his entire command.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 117-5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1864.
Location. 33° 19.565′ N, 83° 23.355′ W. Marker is in Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam County. Marker is on West Marion Street (Georgia Route 16) 0.1 miles west of South Jefferson Avenue (Business U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. The marker stands on the lawn of the Putnam County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eatonton GA 31024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Putnam County (a few steps from this marker); Putnam County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Putnam County Veterans Monument
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Flagpole (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Bank of the State of Georgia at Eatonton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Childhood Home of Joel Chandler Harris (about 500 feet away); The Bronson House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eatonton.
More about this marker. The marker is numbered 117-5 in error; it appears on state records as 117-6.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 8, 2017, by Caroline Mitchell Carrico of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 19, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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