Oconee in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Defense of the Oconee Bridge
On the 23rd, Wayne learned that Union cavalry had reached Ball’s Ferry (8 miles S) and that Gen. Sherman had occupied Milledgeville. To protect his flanks, he burned the bridges over Buffalo Creek, above Oconee, and sent Hartridge with 2 companies of cavalry, 80 infantry and 2 guns to Ball’s Ferry.
On the 25th, Sherman’s Left Wing had crossed the Oconee at Milledgeville and his right was forcing a passage at Ball’s Ferry. Although he had held the bridge for three days against frontal assaults, Wayne’s flanks were now threatened; so he recalled the force at Ball’s Ferry and, early on the 26th, evacuated Oconee (No. 14, CRR) and withdrew to Tennille (No. 13, (CRR).
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 51.352′ N, 82° 57.068′ W. Marker is in Oconee, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 272 and Ridgeview Drive, on the right when traveling south on State Route 272. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oconee GA 31067, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 4 miles away); Ball's Ferry (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Ball's Ferry (approx. 5.1 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 5½ miles away); Irwin’s Crossroad (approx. 5.9 miles away); Jared Irwin (approx. 6.4 miles away); Robert Toombs (approx. 7.8 miles away); Toomsboro (was approx. 7.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oconee.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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