The Stoneman Raid

The Stoneman Raid (HM95E)

Location: Watkinsville, GA 30677 Oconee County
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N 33° 51.828', W 83° 24.564'

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Closing in on Atlanta in July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman found it "too strong to assault and too extensive to invest." To force its evacuation, he sentMaj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman's cavalry [US] to cut the railway to Macon by which its defenders [CS] were supplied. Repulsed at Macon, Stoneman's retreat wasstopped at Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon) on the 31st by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., with a smaller force [CS]. Deluded as to Iverson's actualstrength, Stoneman covered the escape of Adams' and Capron's brigades, then surrendered the rest of his command.

Both brigades marched toward Eatonton (42 miles S). Separating, they rejoined next day north of Madison (20 miles S). Adams having marched via Eatonton and Madison (where he destroyed valuableproperty and supplies) and Capron via Rutledge (9 miles W of Madison). Late on August 1st, they camped "twelve miles from the bridge crossing the Oconee river, near Athens."

Next morning they entered Watkinsville. Hoping to resupply his command at Athens, and to "destroy the armory and othergovernment works" there, Adams advanced to the river bridge (4 miles N). Unable to cross in the face of artillery fire, he turned up the west bank towardJefferson (26 miles NW). Capron, who had waited near Watkinsville, attempted to follow but took the road to Jug Tavern (Winder) instead. Adams reached theUnion lines with few losses; but Capron, resting for two hours NW of Winder, was surprised before dawn on August 3rd and lost his entire command.
HM NumberHM95E
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number108-4
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 4:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 277117 N 3749666
Decimal Degrees33.86380000, -83.40940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 51.828', W 83° 24.564'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 51' 49.68" N, 83° 24' 33.84" W
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Area Code(s)706, 678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 26 N Main St, Watkinsville GA 30677, US
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