The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro

The Cavalry Actions at Waynesboro (HM4XN)

Location: Waynesboro, GA 30830 Burke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 4.739', W 82° 0.473'

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Late on Nov. 26, 1864, elements of the 3rd Cavalry Division (USA), Brig. Gen. J.L. Kilpatrick, USA, of Gen. Sherman`s army, reached the railroad bridge north of Waynesboro and partially burned it before being driven off by troops of the Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee (CSA), Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA. Next day, Kilpatrick entered Waynesboro and destroyed a train of cars and much private property before being driven from the town by Wheeler, who attacked his camp south of Waynesboro at dawn next day and drove him southwest beyond Buckhead Creek toward Louisville.

Early on Dec. 4th, Kilpatrick, supported by two brigades of Baird`s infantry division, 14th Corps (USA), advanced from Thomas` Station (6 miles S) to burn the bridges over Brier Creek north and east of Waynesboro. Finding Wheeler`s men deployed astride the road, Kilpatrick attacked. After hard fighting, Wheeler retired to Waynesboro. Here he checked Kilpatrick`s larger force with a charge by Texas and Tennessee troops to gain time to withdraw across Brier Creek and block the road to Augusta, which, at the time, appeared to be the objective of Gen. Sherman`s army.

At Brier Creek, Kilpatrick burned the rail and wagon bridges and withdrew. The supporting infantry brigades marched toward Jacksonboro and rejoined the rest of Baird`s division, encamped at Alexander. they were followed that evening by Kilpatrick`s command, which camped at Old Church on the old Quaker Road.
HM NumberHM4XN
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number017-16
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 405929 N 3660494
Decimal Degrees33.07898333, -82.00788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 4.739', W 82° 0.473'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 4' 44.34" N, 82° 0' 28.38" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-132 GA-24 Spur, Waynesboro GA 30830, US
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