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Gordon in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Evacuation of Gordon

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
1. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 20, 1864, Maj. Gen. H. C. Wayne, Adjutant General of Georgia, found that telegraphic communications with Macon had been cut by the Right Wing of Gen. Shermanís Army [US], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea. The only troops here were the Corps of Cadets (Georgia Military Institute), Factory and Penitentiary Guards, the Roberts Guards (paroled convicts), and three small militia units (Williams company of infantry, Talbotís company of cavalry, and Pruden's battery of artillery) all under Maj. F. W. Capers, Superintendent of the Georgia Military Institute. Total strength: 460.

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
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By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
2. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker
Marker was moved from Milledgeville Road to Macon Road, near the Gordon Train Depot Museum.
in the swamps for possession of the site.
 
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
 
The Evacuation of Gordon Marker is now second from left at new location. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 29, 2017
3. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker is now second from left at new location.
The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location. image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
4. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location.
The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location. image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
5. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location.
Looking northwest on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) toward the intersection with Gray Highway (Georgia Highway 18). The marker is the first in the line of four markers.
The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location. image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
6. The Evacuation of Gordon Marker at former location.
Looking southeast on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) at the BASF Kaolin plant, which dominates the town. The marker is in the distance, closest to the plant.
 
 
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 659 times since then and 54 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.
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