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Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wheeler’s Cav. at Decatur

 
 
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By Felch Dumas, June 30, 2008
1. Wheeler's Cavalry at Decatur Marker
Inscription.  

July 22, 1864. Coincident with Hardee's night march to attack Federal forces in E. Atlanta, Wheeler's cavalry (CS) was sent to seize McPherson's wagon trains parked N. of the Decatur public square, guarded by Sprague's 16th A.C. brigade & three sections of field artillery.

Wheeler's men, dismounted, were deployed S. of the R.R. & drove Sprague's troops, together with the Chicago Board of Trade & Michigan batteries, (US) to the public square where, out flanked, they withdrew with the wagon trains to the North Decatur Road.

Wheeler made no pursuit because of peremptory orders to rejoin Hardee in E. Atlanta.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-31.)
 
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.
 
Location. 33° 46.519′ N, 84° 17.786′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on East Ponce de Leon Avenue 0.1 miles east of
Wheeler's Cavalry at Decatur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, June 30, 2008
2. Wheeler's Cavalry at Decatur Marker
Clairemont Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located on the Decatur square near the Old Courhouse. One block north of the Decatur MARTA Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur GA 30030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. DeKalb County (a few steps from this marker); Houston Mill Millstone (a few steps from this marker); During the Battle of Decatur (a few steps from this marker); Steatite Boulder (within shouting distance of this marker); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stoneman Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Dekalb County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Trails of Dekalb County (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,584 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on July 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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