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Near Tennille in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Irwin’s Crossroad

 
 
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
1. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Inscription.  On Nov. 26, 1864, the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of Gen. Sherman’s army [US], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, crossed the Oconee River at Ball’s Ferry (9 miles SW), on pontoon bridges, after two days of delay spent in dislodging the determined Confederate defenders.

The 1st Alabama Cavalry [US] moved to Oconee (No. 14, CRR, 6 miles W) to burn the railway bridge over the river, which the invaders had found too well defended to capture by direct assault. Woods’ and Corse’s divisions, 15th Corps, moved to Irwin’s Crossroads. Hq. Right Wing (Maj. O. O. Howard, USA) and Hq. 15th Corps (Maj. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, USA) were established here. Maj. Gen. F. P. Blair, USA, encamped his 17th corps at the forks of the Oconee-Irwins roads (5 miles SW).

Next morning Leggett’s division, 17th Corp, moved to Oconee. Beginning there, it destroyed the railroad “to a point opposite Irwin’s Cross-Roads.” Rice’s and Hurlbut's brigades of Corse’s division and Williamson’s brigade of Woods’ division completed the destruction to Tennille (No. 13, CRR). During the day, the 17th Corps moved to Irwin’s
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
2. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 68 toward Tennille
Crossroads, followed by Hazen’s and Smith’s divisions, 15th Corps, and the pontoon bridge trains.

On Nov. 28th, the Right Wing moved toward Savannah on roads south of the railroad, halting that night with its left near Riddleville and its right at Wrightsville.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-18B.)
 
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.
 
Location. 32° 51.433′ N, 82° 50.984′ W. Marker is near Tennille, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is on Georgia Route 68 0.1 miles north of Hurst Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tennille GA 31089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jared Irwin (approx. 2.2 miles away); Colby Smith (approx. 4½ miles away); Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 5 miles away); Tennille Station (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sherman and Hardee at Tennille (approx. 5.9 miles away); Tennille (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Defense of the Oconee Bridge
Irwin’s Crossroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
3. Irwin’s Crossroad Marker
Looking south on Georgia Highway 68 toward Bell's Ferry
(approx. 5.9 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tennille.
 
Old Store at Irwin's Crossing image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 5, 2010
4. Old Store at Irwin's Crossing
This is the only old building remaining in the community.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,051 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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