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

Old Buckhead Church

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Old Buckhead Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Old Buckhead Church Marker
Inscription. 4.3 miles west of this point stands Old Buckhead Church. The present structure built around 1845 housed one of the oldest Baptist Congregations in the United States. The Buckhead Church was organized prior to the Revolution under the leadership of Rev. Matthew Moore. It was re-organized in 1787. The Georgia Baptist Convention met here in 1831 to pass the initial resolution that founded Mercer University.

During the War Between the States the church yard became the scene of a skirmish between the 3d Cav. Div. of Gen. J. Kilpatrick, (USA), the Cav. Corps of Gen. Joseph Wheeler (CSA), Nov. 28th, 1864.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical COmmission. (Marker Number 082-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 54.641′ N, 81° 58.002′ W. Marker is in Perkins, Georgia, in Jenkins County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 25 and Big Buckhead Church Road, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 25. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perkins GA 30822, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Lawton (approx. 2.5 miles away); The 14th Corps at Lumpkin's Station
Old Buckhead Church Marker, looking North along US 25 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Old Buckhead Church Marker, looking North along US 25
(approx. 3 miles away); Cavalry Action at Buckhead Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Big Buckhead Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Battle of Buck Head Creek (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Planters Electric Membership Corporation Organizational Meeting (approx. 3.4 miles away); Bellevue Plantation (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sherman at Millen (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perkins.
 
Regarding Old Buckhead Church. Nearby was a forty-two acre enclosure that was to have been used as a prisoner-of-war camp by the Confederates named Fort Lawton. It was intended to relieve the crowded Andersonville Prison. The Union advance was so rapid, however, that none of the prisoners had been transferred there and the facility was abandoned without ever having being used. The site was later made into Magnolia Springs State Park.

The prison site was selected in late summer 1864 and by the middle of September was ready for use. By the end of October some 10,500 prisoners were present, and some 755 had perished. With the impending approach of Sherman's
Old Buckhead Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
3. Old Buckhead Church
troops the prisoners were herded aboard rail cars and were evacuated from Camp Lawton by November 4, 1864 to Savannah and Blackshear, having been in use no more than six weeks.
 
Also see . . .
1. 12th District Georgia: Jenkins County. Moving south, the Union troops tore up the pews of the church to obtain lumber for a bridge across Buckhead Creek. (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Buckhead Creek. The Civil War in Jenkins County (Submitted on May 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
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According to Georgia State records this marker is numbered 082-1. County 32 is Clinch County, in South Georgia. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted June 22, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial EraWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,846 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on August 4, 2009, by Darryl Conley Drake of Millen, Georgia. Photos:   1. submitted on February 19, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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