Near Calhoun in Gordon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Lay's Ferry
May 14, 1864. A contingent from Sweeny's (2d) div., 16th A.C. [US] made a crossing here in pontoon boats, but on a rumor of Confederate crossings upstream, it withdrew.
May 15. The division, supported by Welker's Artillery [US], crossed in force & deployed to meet the immediate attack by Maj. Gen. W.H.T. Walker's div., Hardee's A.C. [CS], in the area between the George W. Frix house & the Oostanaula River.
This Federal move on the Confederate left & rear forced Johnston [CS] to evacuate his lines at Resaca.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 064-19.)
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 date for this entry is May 14, 1836.
Location. 34° 31.005′ N, 84° 59.418′ W. Marker is near Calhoun, Georgia, in Gordon County. Marker is at the intersection of Herrington Bend Road and Hunt Road, on the left when traveling north on Herrington Bend Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Calhoun GA 30703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Lay’s Ferry (approx. 1˝ miles away); Johnston's Rear Guard Stops McPherson (approx. 2.1 miles away); Roland Hayes (approx. 2.2 miles away); Calhoun Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Calhoun Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away); Calhoun, Ga, May 18, 1864. (approx. 2.4 miles away); Gordon County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Calhoun War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Calhoun.
Regarding Battle of Lay's Ferry. The site of Lay's Ferry is off the end of Herrington Bend Road, and is no longer accessible.
1. Moses Caudle
My family, as many family's had relation on both sides of Civil War. My Great Uncle Moses Caudle was killed at Lay's Ferry on May 14, 1864. Moses Caudle was in the 66th Illinois Infantry, Company I, Union Side. I have read that Moses was the only one from his unit that was killed that day. My relation have never been able to find out where he was buried. We assume he may be buried with the unknown. If anyone knows where he is buried, let me know.
— Submitted April 16, 2012, by Louis L. Caudle of Spring Grove, Illinois.
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