The Confederate Line

The Confederate Line (HM8GM)

Location: Newington, GA 30446 Screven County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 31.331', W 81° 32.051'

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at Ogeechee Church, No. 4 1/2, CRR

On Nov. 28, 1864, Maj. Gen. H.C. Wayne, Adj. Gen. of Georgia, with a small force (CS) composed of the Corps of Cadets, Georgia Military Institute, Warthen`s Washington County militia company and Pruden`s battery, fell back from Millen and entrenched a line through this site to block the passage of the Little Ogeechee River by the 17th Corps of Gen. Sherman's Army (US) which was advancing toward Savannah, destroying the railroad as it advanced.

On Dec. 3rd, Wayne was reinforced by the 1st and 2nd Georgia State Line, Toomb's Brigade, Georgia Militia, and Baker's North Carolina brigade. On the 4th, Anderson's and Phillips' brigades, Georgia Militia, arrived, giving Wayne a force of 4,000 infantry. Preparations to fight at the Little Ogeechee continued and, late on the 4th, skirmishing began between the advance guard, 17th Corps, and the G.M.I. cadets. Wayne was confident that he could hold this line until he learned that the 15th Corps (US) was preparing to cross the Great Ogeechee River behind his left and that the 20th Corps (US) was approaching his right. To escape encirclement, he extricated his command in the night.

On the 5th, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, reached the Ogeechee Church (Oliver) and established headquarters in the home of Mr. Matthew Lufburrow, east of the depot, where he remained for two days to coordinate the movement of his four large columns.
HM NumberHM8GM
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number124-23B
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 449831 N 3598443
Decimal Degrees32.52218333, -81.53418333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 31.331', W 81° 32.051'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 31' 19.86" N, 81° 32' 3.06" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5993-5999 Scarboro Hwy, Newington GA 30446, US
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