Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Railroads, Planters and Widow Bond
—Wilson's Raid Heritage Trail —
Cowles became known as the "irrepressible railroad man of the age." He was responsible for making Macon a railroad network hub linking both the Georgia and Gulf coasts with points east and west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Federal cavalry under the command of General Wilson captured Macon on April 20, 1865, and subsequently occupied the city. Wilson's original quarters were in the Lanier House, then a hotel located downtown on Mulberry Street. He soon sought more suitable lodging. The Widow Bond's house afforded a commanding view of Macon from its hilltop perch. When Wilson called upon Mrs. Bond to inform her she must vacate the house, she replied she would comply. Bond added that she would place her household valuables in a dining room closet and expected they would still be there when she was allowed
During the decades after the war, the Sam Coleman family was among several others to own the house. In October 1887 their daughter Birdie Coleman hosted a party here in honor of Winnie Davis, the youngest daughter of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, during the Davis family's final visit to Macon. The house became a private school in 1960. Later acquired by Mercer University, it was renamed the Woodruff House in honor of George W. Woodruff who provided for its restoration.
Union Major General James H. Wilson
Henrietta Moughon Bond
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 32° 50.516′ N, 83° 38.042′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on Bond Street 0.2 miles south of Orange Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Bond Street is one-way heading south from Orange Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 988 Bond Street, Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Judge Asa Holt House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fencing from Findlay Foundry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); M. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wesleyan College (approx. ¼ mile away); Site: Wesleyan College (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Baptist Church of Christ (approx. 0.3 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
Regarding Cowles-Bond House. Part of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail.
Categories. • Architecture • Notable Places • War, US Civil •
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