The Defense of the Oconee Bridge

The Defense of the Oconee Bridge (HMNP9)

Location: Tennille, GA 31089 Washington County
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N 32° 51.352', W 82° 57.068'

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On Nov. 19, 1854, Maj. A. L. Hartridge, CSA, arrived from Savannah with 186 men and 2 guns [CS] to defend the railroad bridge against raiding parties from Gen. Sherman's army [US], then on its destructive March to the Sea. Next day, he was joined by Maj. Gen. H. C. Wayne, Adj. Gen. of Georgia, with the Corps of Cadets, G. M. I., a detachment of Factory and Penitentiary Guards, Roberts' Guards (paroled convicts) and three small military units (infantry, cavalry and artillery), all under Maj. F. W. Capers, Supt., Georgia Military Institute. Total 450 men and 4 guns. Increments from Wheeler's cavalry increased Wayne's force to about 1200 men and 6 guns.

On the 23rd, Wayne learned that Union cavalry had reached Ball's Ferry (8 miles S) and that Gen. Sherman had occupied Milledgeville. To protect his flanks, he burned the bridges over Buffalo Creek, above Oconee, and sent Hartridge with 2 companies of cavalry, 80 infantry and 2 guns to Ball's Ferry.

On the 25th, Sherman's Left Wing had crossed the Oconee at Milledgeville and his right was forcing a passage at Ball's Ferry. Although he had held the bridge for three days against frontal assaults, Wayne's flanks were now threatened; so he recalled the force at Ball's Ferry and, early on the 26th, evacuated Oconee (No. 14, CRR) and withdrew to Tennille (No. 13, (CRR).
HM NumberHMNP9
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number150-18
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 317422 N 3636995
Decimal Degrees32.85586667, -82.95113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 51.352', W 82° 57.068'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 51' 21.12" N, 82° 57' 4.08" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 412 Oconee Boat Ln, Tennille GA 31089, US
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