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Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church

 
 
Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 4, 2009
1. Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church Marker
Inscription. On Dec. 13, 1864, Murray's brigade of Kilpatrick's cavalry division (USA), scouting in the right rear of Gen. Sherman's army, which was then closing in on Savannah, moved south into Liberty County. After driving back the 29th Georgia Cavalry Battalion (CSA), Lt. Col. Arthur Hood, which was patrolling Liberty County, Murray advanced to Midway Church. The 5th Kentucky Cavalry was sent to Sunbury to open communications with the Union blockading squadron in St. Catherine's Sound. The 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry was sent to the Altahama River to burn the Savannah and Gulf (ACL) Railroad bridge at Doctor Town. Both missions failed.On the 14th, Kilpatrick arrived with Atkins' brigade and the 10th Wisconsin Battery. Establishing headquarters at Midway Church, he sent foraging parties east to Colonelís Island, south below Riceboro, and west beyond the railroad to strip the country of livestock and provisions. On the 15th, with loaded wagons and herds of horses, mules and cattle, he returned to Bryan County and went into camp at "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill).

On the 17th, Mower's division, 17th Corps (USA), enroute to destroy the railroad from McIntosh to the Altamaha River, halted at Midway Church for the night. Next morning, Mower marched to McIntosh and began his destruction. Hazen`s division, 15th Corps, destroyed the railroad from Ogeechee
Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church Marker, along US 17, looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church Marker, along US 17, looking north
to McIntosh.
 
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 089-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 31° 48.335′ N, 81° 25.83′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) near Martin Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at Midway Church, Midway. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Midway Church (here, next to this marker); Dr. Lyman Hall (a few steps from this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Brownson (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sunbury Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Road to Sunbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah-New Inverness Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Federal activity in South Georgia after the fall of Savannah.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Marker was Reported Missing image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
3. The Marker was Reported Missing
Photo of the marker post during the time it was down.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,415 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on April 14, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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