Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Stoneman Raid
Closing in on Atlanta in July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman found it "too strong to assault and too extensive to invest". To force its evacuation, he sent Maj. Gen. Geo. Stonemanís cavalry [US] to cut the Macon railway by which Atlantaís defenders were supplied. At the Battle of Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon), Stoneman surrendered with 600 men to Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., [CS], after covering the escape of Adamsí and Capron's brigades. Both retreated via Athens, intending to resupply their commands here and to "destroy the armory and other government works".
At the bridge over Middle Oconee River (4 miles SW), they were stopped by Home Guard units with artillery. Unable to cross, they turned west: Capron on the Hog Mountain Road through Jug Tavern (Winder), and Adams on roads farther north by which he reached the Union lines near Marietta without further loss.
While resting his exhausted command briefly at Kingís Tanyard (NW of Winder), Capron was surprised before dawn on the 3rd by Williamís Kentucky brigade [CS]. About 430 men were captured, Capron himself and a few others escaping through the woods. The prisoners were brought to Athens by Col. W.C.P. Breckinridge, 9th Kentucky Cavalry, and held under guard on the college campus until they could be sent to the prison at Andersonville.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.433′ N, 83° 22.632′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street (U.S. 78) and South Lumpkin Street, on the right when traveling east on West Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red and Black (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarke County Confederate Monument (about 600 feet away); Herty Field (about 600 feet away); University of Georgia (about 600 feet away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (about 600 feet away); First Flight in Georgia (about 600 feet away); Robert Toombs Oak (about 600 feet away); First Garden Club (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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