Griswoldville in Twiggs County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Griswoldville:
The Big Picture
Inscription. On Nov. 15, 1864, [US) Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman left Atlanta on his devastating “March to the Sea.” His force divided into two wings and feinted toward
Macon and Augusta while on their way to the capital at Milledgeville. [CS] General William J. Hardee opposed Sherman with cavalry under Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler and state troops and militia. Hardee realized the move toward Macon was a feint and ordered [CS.] General Gustavus W. Smith with his Georgia Militia, the Athens and Augusta Defense Battalions and two regiments of the Georgia State Line to protect Augusta and its valuable industries and arsenal. Most of these troops under [CS] Brig. Gen. Pleasant J. Philips caught up with the right flank of Sherman`s right wing under the command of [US] Brig. Gen. Charles Walcutt. For some never adequately explained reason, Philips order his Confederates to attack the veteran Union troops who were lightly fortified along this ridge. The Confederates passed through the still
smoldering Griswoldville, set afire by [US] cavalry the day before, and saw the first real results of the devastation being wrought upon their homeland. The
Confederates, mostly old men and boys, attacked with great courage and vigor, but failed to change any part of Sherman’s plan in the only pitched infantry battle on the March to Sea.
By David Seibert, August 10, 2002
1. Battle of Griswoldville: Marker
1998 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 143-12.)
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
2. Battle of Griswoldville: Marker
Baker Road is in the background
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 52.155′ N, 83° 27.6′ W. Marker is in Griswoldville, Georgia, in Twiggs County. Marker is on Baker Road 0.6 miles east of Old Griswoldville Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Griswoldville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville The Deployment and Assaults (approx. 0.8 miles away); Griswoldville (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Pitts Chapel (approx. 4.7 miles away); The 15th Corps (approx. 4.9 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Griswoldville.
Also see . . . Battle of Griswoldville. (Submitted on September 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
By David Seibert, November 7, 2009
3. Battle of Griswoldville
This view is from the approximate location of the entrenched Federal line. The flagpole marks the high point of the Confederate charges during the battle.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,862 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 29, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.