Gordon in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
He Wouldn't Run
“I will defend the women and children of Gordon alone,” Kelly told Gen. Wayne on the porch of the old Solomon Hotel here. Aided by one man, John R. Bragg, Kelly went out to meet the advancing Union forces and killed one soldier. The advance was delayed until the Union forces deployed around Gordon. They captured Kelly when his horse staggered, and sentenced him to be shot. But he wasn’t. He escaped from a wagon crossing the Ogeechee Swamp and lived for many years after the war. He is buried at Liberty Hill Church near Myrick's Mill Pond in Twiggs County.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 52.908′ N, 83° 20.044′ W. Marker is in Gordon, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Macon Road and Jackson Street, on the left when traveling north on Macon Road. Touch for map. Marker has be moved 13 miles next to the Gordon Train Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 Jackson Street, Gordon GA 31031, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The March to the Sea (here, next to this marker); The Evacuation of Gordon (here, next to this marker); In Memory of J. Rufus Kelly (here, next to this marker); The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); Gordon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramah Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 5.3 miles away); Myricks Mill (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gordon.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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