Decatur in Dekalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Garrard’s Cavalry Raid
Garrard marched late on the 21st. He returned to Decatur on the 24th, after marching almost 90 miles. He destroyed 4 wagon bridges, 2 railroad bridges and more than 6 miles of track. At Covington, he burned the depot, a newly built army hospital center, 2000 bales of cotton, and large quantities of quartermaster and commissionary supplies. Three trains were captured and burned.
Garrard's raid cut off all communication between Atlanta and Augusta and destroyed any hope that the Army of Tennessee (CS) - the hard pressed defenders of Atlanta - might receive supplies or reinforcements from Eastern Confederacy; but this success was not without its price. Because of Garrard's absence from the Union left, Hardee's Corps (CS) was able to approach undetected and launch his smashing blow at that unguarded flank which
Erected 1967 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-82.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 46.498′ N, 84° 17.785′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Georgia, in Dekalb County. Marker can be reached from Ponce de Leon Avenue 0.1 miles south of Clairemont Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located on grounds of the Old Courthouse in Decatur. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur GA 30030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stoneman Raid (a few steps from this marker); Wheeler’s Cav. at Decatur (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston Mill Millstone (within shouting distance of this marker); DeKalb County (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Decatur (within shouting distance of this marker); Steatite Boulder (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beacon Community (approx. ¼ mile away); July 22, 1864 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,106 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.