The Evacuation of Gordon-GHM 158-8-Wilkinson Co
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
N 32° 52.983 W 083° 20.569
17S E 280830 N 3640755
Quick Description: Ga 243 near Ga 18 in Gordon
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 4:02:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM7TBA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
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Long Description:
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. Sherman´s Army [USA], 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, Talbot´s 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 [USA] 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 Ball´s Ferry, four miles downstream, the only practicable wagon road crossing within a day´s march.

Although criticized by local citizens for evacuating Gordon, Wayne´s decision saved Caper´s small force and enabled him to use it at the river where, with another small force under Maj. A. L. Hartbridge, it held the railway bridge, forcing the entire Right Wing [USA] to cross Ball´s Ferry after losing three days spent skirmishing in the swamps for possession of the site.

Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: 158-8

Date: 1957

Sponsor: Georgia Historic Commission

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