Jackson in Butts County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Crossing the Ocmulgee
Smith’s division, 15th Corps (Osterhaus), which had camped near Flovilla, moved first. Upon arrival, the 1st Brigade (McCown), with the 4th Minnesota Infantry in advance, crossed on the ferry and entrenched on high ground east of the river. At 11:00 A.M. the pontoons arrived and, by 1:00 P.M., two bridges were ready.
That afternoon, Smith completed his crossing and camped two miles from the river on the Hillsboro road, to wait for Woods’ and Hazen’s divisions and to permit the cavalry to pass to the front. During the night, Blair’s 17th Corps crossed and moved via Monticello and Blountsville to avoid the Hillsboro road.
On the 19th, Kilpatrick’s cavalry division crossed, followed by Woods and Hazen and several wagon trains. Heavy rains having made the steep hills on the east bank extremely difficulty, the passage was not completed until the afternoon of the 20th, when Corse’s division of the 15th Corps cleared the bridge site and, with the bridge train,
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 018-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 17.671′ N, 83° 58.011′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Georgia, in Butts County. Marker is on West 3rd Street (U.S. 23) 0 miles west of Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the Butts County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson GA 30233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Right Wing at Jackson (here, next to this marker); Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Butts County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Butts County (within shouting distance of this marker); Sylvan Grove Plantation (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Sylvan Grove Plantation (approx. 0.9 miles away); Iron Springs (approx. 3½ miles away); Indian Spring (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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