Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church

Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church (HMRXT)

Location: Midway, GA 31320 Liberty County
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N 31° 48.335', W 81° 25.83'

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On Dec. 13, 1864, Murray's brigade of Kilpatrick's cavalry division (USA), scouting in the right rear of Gen. Sherman's army, which was then closing in on Savannah, moved south into Liberty County. After driving back the 29th Georgia Cavalry Battalion (CSA), Lt. Col. Arthur Hood, which was patrolling Liberty County, Murray advanced to Midway Church. The 5th Kentucky Cavalry was sent to Sunbury to open communications with the Union blockading squadron in St. Catherine's Sound. The 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry was sent to the Altahama River to burn the Savannah and Gulf (ACL) Railroad bridge at Doctor Town. Both missions failed.On the 14th, Kilpatrick arrived with Atkins' brigade and the 10th Wisconsin Battery. Establishing headquarters at Midway Church, he sent foraging parties east to Colonel's Island, south below Riceboro, and west beyond the railroad to strip the country of livestock and provisions. On the 15th, with loaded wagons and herds of horses, mules and cattle, he returned to Bryan County and went into camp at "Cross Roads" (Richmond Hill).

On the 17th, Mower's division, 17th Corps (USA), enroute to destroy the railroad from McIntosh to the Altamaha River, halted at Midway Church for the night. Next morning, Mower marched to McIntosh and began his destruction. Hazen`s division, 15th Corps, destroyed the railroad from Ogeechee to McIntosh.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number089-25
Year Placed1959
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 459251 N 3518967
Decimal Degrees31.80558333, -81.43050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 48.335', W 81° 25.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 48' 20.10" N, 81° 25' 49.80" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 478 Ocean Hwy, Midway GA 31320, US
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