Perkins in Jenkins County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Buckhead Church
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 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
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.)
According to Georgia State records this marker is numbered 082-1. County 32 is Clinch County, in South Georgia.
— Submitted June 22, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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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.