The Big PictureOn Nov. 15, 1864, [US) Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman left Atlanta on his devastating "March to the Sea." His force divided into two wings and feinted towardMacon and Augusta while on their way to the capital at Milledgeville. [CS] General William J. Hardee opposed Sherman with cavalry under Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler and state troops and militia. Hardee realized the move toward Macon was a feint and ordered [CS.] General Gustavus W. Smith with his Georgia Militia, the Athens and Augusta Defense Battalions and two regiments of the Georgia State Line to protect Augusta and its valuable industries and arsenal. Most of these troops under [CS] Brig. Gen. Pleasant J. Philips caught up with the right flank of Sherman`s right wing under the command of [US] Brig. Gen. Charles Walcutt. For some never adequately explained reason, Philips order his Confederates to attack the veteran Union troops who were lightly fortified along this ridge. The Confederates passed through the stillsmoldering Griswoldville, set afire by [US] cavalry the day before, and saw the first real results of the devastation being wrought upon their homeland. TheConfederates, mostly old men and boys, attacked with great courage and vigor, but failed to change any part of Sherman's plan in the only pitched infantry battle on the March to Sea.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.|
|Placed By||Georgia Department of Natural Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:46pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 269829 N 3639474|
|Decimal Degrees||32.86925000, -83.46000000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 52.155', W 83° 27.6'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 52' 9.30" N, 83° 27' 36.00" W|
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|Area Code(s)||478, 912|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 16271 Baker Rd, Macon GA 31217, US|
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