“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Toomsboro in Wilkinson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)


Toombsboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, circa 1991
1. Toombsboro Marker
Inscription. Toomsboro on November 22nd 1864 the left wing (15th and 17th corps of Major O.O. Howard. USA) of the General Sherman's army which had left Atlanta on November 15th on its destructive march to the sea began moving from Gordon to the Oconee River the 15th corps (Osterhaus) moved via Irwinton and Myrtle Springs church to cross at Ball's fairy (eight miles southeast). 17th Corps (Blair) moved via the railroad to Toomsboro to cross at Jackson Ferry six miles northeast. That day G. A. Smith division 17th Corps preceded by the first Alabama Calvary reached Toomsboro (Emmett No. 15 CRR)

On the 23rd the Calvary advanced along the railroad and drove Confederate skirmishers from a stockade 2 miles from the river. They were relieved by Pott's brigade which, with one gun from the 1st Minnesota battery; drove the defenders of the second stockade and across the bridge; but, confine the to the railroad by the swamps on each side. Potts was unable to dislodge the defenders from their works on the east bank, from which rifle and artillery fire swept both the bridges and its one narrow approach.

Learning from Smith at Jackson Ferry was an abandoned road to the swamp impassable for troops and trains. Blair diverted to 17th Corps to Ball's ferry which had been secured by the Calvary. Smith destroyed two miles of trestle work and three
Joseph Beeman and the first marker he took a picture of image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman, circa 1991
2. Joseph Beeman and the first marker he took a picture of
miles of track, then withdrew his troops via Toomsboro and joining Blair and Ball's ferry all the 25th.
Erected 1957 by Georgia historical commission. (Marker Number 158-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Sherman''s March to the Sea marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 32° 49.29′ N, 83° 4.724′ W. Marker was in Toomsboro, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker was at the intersection of Irwinton Road (Georgia Route 57) and Main Street (County Route 112) on Irwinton Road. Touch for map. Toomsboro is 40 miles east of Macon. Marker was in this post office area: Toomsboro GA 31090, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Robert Toombs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major John Hatcher (approx. 4.9 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 5 miles away); Wilkinson County (approx. 5.6 miles away); George Henry Carswell (approx. 5.6 miles away); Ball's Ferry (approx. 7.1 miles away); McIntyre (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Defense of the Oconee Bridge (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toomsboro.
Also see . . .  Georgia Civil War - Ball's Ferry Toomsboro Area. (Submitted on July 28, 2006.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 2,300 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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