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

Cavalry Skirmish at Thomas' Station

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Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 17, 2015
1. Cavalry Skirmish at Thomas' Station Marker
Inscription.  On Dec. 3, 1864, Kilpatrick's cavalry division (USA), supported by Baird's division, 14th Corps, moving on the extreme left of General Sherman's army, reached the Augusta and Savannah Railroad and encamped, with Baird at Thomas' Station (0.2 mile E) and Kilpatrick a mile N, both astride the rail and wagon roads. Details from both divisions began destroying the railroad. The main body, 14th Corps, with the artillery and trains, camped at Lumpkin´s Station, 4 miles S. That night, Wheeler's cavalry (CSA) attacked the work details and shelled the camps, but after sharp skirmishing the attackers were repulsed by the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry without delaying the work of destruction.

Next morning, supported by two of Baird's infantry brigades, Kilpatrick moved N to accomplish his mission of destroying the bridges over Brier Creek, N and E of Waynesboro. Finding Wheeler lightly entrenched S of the town, Kilpatrick attacked and, after hard fighting, forced him to retire beyond Brier Creek.

Baird´s third brigade remained at Thomas' Station to complete the destruction of three miles of track then, with the division trains, marched
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to Alexander enroute to Jacksonboro (5 miles N of Sylvania). The detached brigades turned SE from Waynesboro that afternoon and marched to Alexander, followed later by Kilpatrick after he had burned the bridges over Brier Creek.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 017-15.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is December 3, 1864.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 33° 0.979′ N, 81° 58.79′ W. Marker was in Waynesboro, Georgia, in Burke County. Marker was at the intersection of U.S. 25 and Idlewood Road when traveling north on U.S. 25. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Waynesboro GA 30830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The 14th Corps at Lumpkin's Station (approx. 4½ miles away); Colonels Twiggs and Few (approx. 4.6 miles away); Old Quaker Road (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Shadows (approx. 5.3 miles away); The J.D. Roberts Home (approx. 5½ miles away); To Honor George Washington (approx. 5½ miles away); Waynesborough (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 7, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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