Gordon in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Evacuation of Gordon
That night, Wayne learned that the railroad had been destroyed east of Macon and that large forces [US] were approaching Gordon and Milledgeville. Gordon being no longer tenable, he decided to withdraw to the east bank of Oconee River and defend both the railroad bridge and Ballís Ferry, four miles downstream, the only practicable wagon road crossing within a dayís march.
Although criticized by local citizens for evacuating Gordon, Wayneís decision saved Caperís small force and enabled him to use it at the river where, with another small force under Maj. A. L. Hartridge, it held the railway bridge, forcing the entire Right Wing [US] to cross Ballís Ferry after losing three days spent skirmishing
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 158-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 32° 52.905′ 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 is now located at the Gordon Train Depot Museum some 13 miles from its previous location. 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 Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); In Memory of J. Rufus Kelly (here, next to this marker); He Wouldn't Run (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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 16, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 16, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.