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Toomsboro in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ball's Ferry

 
 
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By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
1. Ball's Ferry Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 24, 1864, the 1st Alabama Cavalry [Union] reached Ball’s Ferry (1/4 mile N) to secure it for the passage of the Left Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of Gen. Sherman’s army [Union], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea. Finding the boat on the east bank, guarded by Confederate pickets, the cavalrymen moved upstream, crossed on rafts, and dislodged the pickets, but developed a larger force [Confederate] approaching the ferry and were forced to recross the river under fire.

On the 25th, the head of the 15th Corps (Osterhaus), which had marched via Irwinton and Myrtle Spring Church, and that of the 17th Corps (Blair), which had followed the railroad from Gordon to Toomsboro, destroying it enroute, arrived. They found the defenders well entrenched on the east bank, with skirmishers up and down the stream. Osterhaus’ infantry and the 12th Wisconsin Battery engaged them in front while Blair’s infantry crossed upstream and worked through the swamps to their rear. Their position turned, the defenders [Confederate] withdrew without serious loss.

Pontoon bridges were laid by the 1st Michigan Engineers and, by noon on the 26th, the troops were crossing. The 15th Corps moved to Irwin’s Crossroads (9 miles NE), the 17th Corps to the forks of the Oconee-Irwins roads (4 miles NE). By noon
Ball's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
2. Ball's Ferry Marker
Georgia Highway 57 is in the background
on the 27th, the last of the trains had crossed and the bridges were being taken up and loaded in their wagons.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 158-10.)
 
Location. 32° 46.967′ N, 82° 57.933′ W. Marker is in Toomsboro, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Irwinton Road (Georgia Route 57) and Old Balls Ferry Road, on the right when traveling west on Irwinton Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toomsboro GA 31090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ball's Ferry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 3½ miles away); The Defense of the Oconee Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Toomsboro (was approx. 7.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Robert Toombs (approx. 7.3 miles away); Irwin’s Crossroad (approx. 8½ miles away); Jared Irwin (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toomsboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ball's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
3. Ball's Ferry Marker
The Old Balls Ferry Road is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 178 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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