Round Oak in Jones County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Bitter Defeat
óMarch to the Sea Heritage Trail ó
Dismissing alternative routes, and believing his division to be the superior force, General Stoneman ordered his exhausted cavalrymen to dismount
On Sunday, November 20, 1864, during the "March to the Sea," the Federal 15th Corps commanded by. Major General. Peter J. Osterhaus marched south from Hillsboro to Clinton. Osterhaus's corps was part of Major General Oliver O.Howard's "Right Wing" of General Shermans army. As they marched through the July 31st Sunshine Church battlefield, Captain Charles W. Wills of the 103rd Illinois Infantry Regiment observed men becoming angry at the
The original Sunshine Church, which stood south of the present church building was subsequently burned. The original Sunshine Church also served as a country "field school" before the battle and as a temporary hospital during it. The current church was built in 1875 to replace the one burned in 1864. In 1890, Barzillah F. Morris, a former Federal sergeant from Ohio, wounded during the Battle of Sunshine Church and cared for by local families, returned to preach here at Sunshine Church II.
Map: Battle of Sunshine Church, Sunday, July 31, 1864
Top right: Joseph White house (no longer existent). General Iverson's HQ
† (Wilbur G. Kurtz, Sr. visual arts collection, Kenan-Research Center at the Atlanta History Center)
Bottom right: "...shooting, cutting and slashing..."
† (The Illustrated London News)
[Portraits]: Union Major General George Stoneman (Highest ranking Union prisoner during the Civil War)
Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson, Jr. In 1858
Background watermark: "Sunshine Church II - Sunshine United Methodist Church
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number R8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 33° 6.543′ N, 83° 36.972′ W. Marker is in Round Oak, Georgia, in Jones County. Marker can be reached from Monticello Highway (Georgia Route 11) south of Jackson Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro GA 31038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunshine Church II (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 1.4 miles away); Planterís Academy (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hillsboro (approx. 4.9 miles away); Across the Ocmulgee (approx. 4.9 miles away); Birthplace of Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 4.9 miles away); Benjamin Harvey Hill (approx. 5 miles away); Blountsville (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Explore Southern History - The Battle of Sunshine Church - Round Oak, Georgia. (Submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Explore Southern History blog - Battle of Sunshine Church (149th Anniversary) (with photos.). (Submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.