Historic Markers Across Georgia

Confederate Delaying Action

Marker ID: GHM 025-73
Location: US 17/GA 25 South at the junction with Canebrake Road near Basin Rd.
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 31° 59.757    W 081° 16.155
  31.99595    -81.26925
Waymark: WMNRRV
Confederate Delaying Action Marker
Photo by Tim Walleker


Early in Dec. 1864, Gen. Sherman´s army (USA) approached Savannah by four routes, the right via Statesboro, the left near the Savannah River. Dec. 6th, Osterhaus´ 15th A.C.* (USA) reached Ogeechee River at Jenk´s Bridge (US 80, east of Blitchton). Osterhaus sent Corse´s and Smith´s divisions down E. bank of the Ogeechee to seize the Savannah and Ogeechee Canal (4 mi. NW), Hazen´s and Wood´s divisions down W. bank to cross the Canochee River, break the Savannah and Gulf R.R. at Way´s Station (Richmond Hill) and Fleming then cross the Ogeechee, reassemble the corps in this area, and move on to Savannah.

To delay Osterhaus´ advance, Gen. Hardee, CSA, in command at Savannah, sent 600 men and 2 guns to secure this road junction. Earthworks were prepared; the left resting S. of the Old Darien Rd., the right ending north of Dillon´s Bridge (Fort Argyle) Road.

Dec. 9th, Corse´s div., moved up to attack the position. Adam´s brigade, supported by Brunner´s battery, deployed astride Dillon´s Bridge Rd. Rice´s brigade moved to the Darien Rd. to strike the Confederate left. Adams advanced under cover, charged, and forced the outnumbered defenders to retire toward Savannah.

GHM 025-73 Georgia Historical Commission 1989

[* A.C. = Army corps]