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Clinton in Jones County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Sherman’s Right Wing

Sherman’s Right Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
1. Sherman’s Right Wing Marker
Inscription.  On the night of Nov. 19, 1864, Kilpatrick’s cavalry division [US], which was covering the advance of the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of General Sherman’s army on its destructive March to the Sea, camped at Clinton. At noon on the 20th, the infantry having begun to arrive, Kilpatrick moved toward Macon, drove elements of Wheeler’s cavalry [CS] across Walnut Creek (8 miles SW), and attacked the defenses of East Macon. Although the infantry had marched from Atlanta almost unopposed, Kilpatrick had skirmished steadily with Wheeler, who now contested his advance on Macon. Repulsed at East Macon by Wheeler, and by units of Georgia Militia which garrisoned its works, Kilpatrick fell back toward Clinton and camped south and west of the main body. That night, Hq. Right Wing and Hq. 15th Corps were established here in Clinton, Hq. 7th Corps near Blountsville (10 miles NE).

On the 21st, Woods’ and Hazen’s divisions, 15th Corps, moved south on the old Irwinton road; Smith’s moved southeast toward Gordon. Since parties of Wheeler’s command, avoiding Kilpatrick, were harassing the Union right, inflicting casualties and taking prisoners, Jones’
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brigade of Hazen’s division remained here to protect this flank until relieved by Corse’s division which, heavily encumbered with wagon trains, a cattle herd and pontoons, did not reach Clinton until late the next day.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 084-18.)
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, and the Sherman’s March to the Sea series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 19, 1820.
Location. 32° 59.833′ N, 83° 33.55′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Georgia, in Jones County. Marker is on Pulaski Street, 0.1 miles west of Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is in a small roadside park in Clinton. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gray GA 31032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Griswold (here, next to this marker); The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); Clinton Female Seminary (here, next to this marker); Old Clinton (here, next to this marker); Macarthy-Pope House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); LaFayette (about 700 feet away); Clinton Methodist Church
Sherman’s Right Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
2. Sherman’s Right Wing Marker
The marker is second from the left, in the group of markers in the park.
(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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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