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Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 7, 2011
1. Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker
Inscription. On the night of Nov. 15, 1864, the 3rd Cavalry Division of General Sherman’s army [US], which had left Atlanta early that morning on its destructive March to the Sea, camped on the west bank of Flint River near Jonesboro (6 miles N). This division, commanded by Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, had marched past East Point and turned down Flint River to cover the right flank. Near Jonesboro, Murray’s brigade had crossed the river, attacked Iverson’s smaller cavalry command [CS], driven it from the town, and retired to the west bank to camp with the division.

On Nov. 16th, Kilpatrick moved south through Jonesboro toward Lovejoy's Station (1 mile SE). After skirmishing heavily most of the way, he found Iverson, with two 3-inch guns, occupying earthworks constructed east and west of this point by the Army of Tennessee [CS] after evacuating Atlanta in September.

Murray’s brigade assaulted the position. The 3rd Kentucky and 8th Indiana cavalry regiments, supported by the 10th Wisconsin Battery, charged on foot and carried the works. Mounting quickly, the 3rd Kentucky, followed by the 2nd Kentucky, charged with the saber, captured the guns and forty prisoners, and drove Iverson toward Bear Creek Station (Hampton), 5 miles SE.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission
Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2011
2. Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker
. (Marker Number 031-22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 26.917′ N, 84° 19.467′ W. Marker is near Hampton, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of Tara Boulevard (U.S. 41) and McDonough Road, on the right when traveling north on Tara Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton GA 30228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crawford-Dorsey House (approx. ¾ mile away); Constantine Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The "Right Flank" on the McDonough Road (approx. 2 miles away); "The Old Bronze Gentleman of Lovejoy's Station" (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kilpatrick's Raid (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kilpatrick's Raid at the Nash Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); Locomotive Bell from the Nancy Hanks (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Jonesborough (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2011
3. Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker
Looking north on Tara Boulevard (US Highway 41) toward Jonesboro
Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2011
4. Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker
Looking at the intersection of McDonough Road (on the left) and Tara Boulevard, US 41, ahead at the traffic light
Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2011
5. Cavalry Action at Lovejoy's Station Marker
Looking at the intersection of McDonough Road (on the left) and Tara Boulevard, US 41, ahead at the traffic light
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 888 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 11, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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