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Near Perkins in Jenkins County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church

 
 
Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 18, 2008
1. Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 28, 1864, the 3rd Cavalry Division Union Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, was driven south from Waynesboro by the Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee Confederate Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA. Retreating under constant harassment by Wheeler’s men, Kilpatrick’s command commenced crossing Buckhead Creek east of the church. The rear guard (Second and Third Kentucky cavalry regiments) was attacked before crossing but, supported by the Fifth Kentucky, the Ninth Pennsylvania and the Tenth Wisconsin Battery, it beat off the attack and crossed, burning the bridge behind it. With the bridge gone and the crossing defended by the Fifth Ohio Cavalry, Wheeler moved upstream, effected his crossing, and again attacked Kilpatrick’s command which, in the meantime, had entrenched about three miles west of the church near Reynold’s plantation.

Reaching the enemy position, Wheeler sent Dibrell’s brigade to attack the right, Ashby’s brigade to turn to the left, and launched a frontal charge with the Third Arkansas and Eight and Eleventh Texas cavalry regiments; but Kilpatrick managed to extricate his command as darkness set in and retreated six miles toward Louisville where Sherman’s Left Wing was encamped. Wheeler then resumed his mission of attacking Union foraging parties which were attempting to strip the countryside of animals and provisions.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission
Battle of Buckhead Church image. Click for full size.
By John Walker Guss, April 15, 2007
2. Battle of Buckhead Church
. (Marker Number 082-9B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 54.144′ N, 82° 1.398′ W. Marker is near Perkins, Georgia, in Jenkins County. Marker is on Big Buckhead Church Road (County Route 81) 3.5 miles west of U.S. 25, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millen GA 30442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Buckhead Church ( here, next to this marker); Battle of Buck Head Creek ( about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bellevue Plantation ( approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of Planters Electric Membership Corporation Organizational Meeting ( approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Buckhead Church ( approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perkins.
 
Regarding Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church. Buckhead Church is near Camp Lawton Prison of War Camp.
(See nearby markers)
 
Also see . . .
1. The Civil War in Jenkins County. (Submitted on July 5, 2007.)
2. Battle of Buck Head Creek. This was one in a series of cavalry battles fought around Waynesboro, Georgia during Sherman's March to the Sea. (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Old Buckhead Church and Two Markers image. Click for full size.
By John Walker Guss, April 15, 2007
3. Old Buckhead Church and Two Markers
Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 18, 2008
4. Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church Marker
Big Buckhead Church Marker sharing location image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
5. Big Buckhead Church Marker sharing location
Interior of Buckhead Church image. Click for full size.
By John Walker Guss, April 15, 2007
6. Interior of Buckhead Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2007, by John Walker Guss of Hillsborough, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,067 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 30, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2007, by John Walker Guss of Hillsborough, North Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on July 1, 2007, by John Walker Guss of Hillsborough, North Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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