Garrard's Cavalry Raid

Garrard's Cavalry Raid (HMW97)

Location: Loganville, GA 30052 Walton County
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N 33° 50.298', W 83° 54.156'

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On July 20, 1864, Union forces under Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, were closing in on Atlanta. Hq. 2nd Cavalry Division [US], Brig. Gen. Kenner Garrard, was in Decatur, 6 miles E of Atlanta. Garrard's three brigades were guarding bridges over the Chattahoochee River and picketing the left flank. That night, Garrard was ordered to assemble his command and march to Covington (18 miles S) to burn the bridges over the Yellow and Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) rivers and destroy the Georgia Railroad in that area.

He marched late on the 21st. Next morning the destruction was begun. At Covington, he burned the depot, a newly built hospital center, 2,000 bales of cotton, and large quantities of quartermaster and commissary supplies. After destroying 2 railroad and 4 wagon bridges, 3 trains and 6 miles of track, he turned north toward Loganville, arriving here about noon on July 23rd.

After sending Minty's brigade to Lawrenceville (11 miles NW) on the same mission, Garrard stripped this vicinity of horses and mules, then marched back to Decatur, arriving on the 24th.

Garrards's raid cut off all communication between Atlanta and Augusta and destroyed any hope that the Army of Tennessee [CS] - the hard-pressed defenders of Atlanta — might receive supplies or reinforcements from the Eastern Confederacy.
HM NumberHMW97
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number147-6
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 231400 N 3748017
Decimal Degrees33.83830000, -83.90260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 50.298', W 83° 54.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 50' 17.88" N, 83° 54' 9.36" W
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Area Code(s)678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5054 Atlanta Hwy, Loganville GA 30052, US
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