The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard

The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard (HMBB8)

Location: Winder, GA 30680 Barrow County
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N 33° 59.526', W 83° 43.284'

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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 sent Maj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman's cavalry [US] to cut the Macon railway by which its defenders were supplied. At the Battle of Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon), Stoneman surrendered with 600 men to Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., [CS], after covering the escape northward of Adams' and Capron's brigades. Both units retreated via Athens, intending to resupply their commands there and to "destroy the armory and other government works," but were stopped at the river bridge south of Athens by Home Guard units with a battery of guns. Unable to cross, they turned west; Capron on the Hog Mountain road through Jug Tavern (Winder), and Adams on roads farther north by which he reached the Union lines near Marietta without further losses.

Capron passed through Jug Tavern late that night and marched to King's Tanyard (5 miles NW on State 211) where he halted for two hours to rest his exhausted command. Before dawn on August 3rd, he was surprised by Williams' Kentucky brigade [CS]. About 430 of his men were captured and sent to Athens, a few escaping through the woods. Capron himself, with six men, reached the Union lines near Marietta four days later — on foot.

This action, known also as the Battle of Jug Tavern, was the final event of the Federal fiasco called the Stoneman Raid.
HM NumberHMBB8
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number007-4
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 10:29am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] HANK MYERS  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 248625 N 3764619
Decimal Degrees33.99210000, -83.72140000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 59.526', W 83° 43.284'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 59' 31.56" N, 83° 43' 17.04" W
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Area Code(s)770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 33 N Broad St, Winder GA 30680, US
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