Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Stoneman Raid

Marker ID: GHM 029-7
Location: US 129/US 441/Ga 15 (Macon Hwy) at south end of Middle Oconee River bridge, Athens Badly damaged in 2001 Accident; pole still standing but marker still in DNR marker repair shop.
County: Clarke
Coordinates: N 33° 55.08    W 083° 23.46
  33.918    -83.391
Waymark: None


On July 31, 1864, at the Battle of Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon), Maj. Gen. Geo. Stoneman surrendered with 600 men to Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., after covering the escape north- ward of Adams´ and Capron´s brigades of his cavalry command. Adams moved via Eatonton and Madison and Capron via Rutledge, rejoining north of Madison late the next day.

Early on August 2nd. Adams, intending to resupply his command and to "destroy the armory and other government works" in Athens, reached this point. He found the planks removed from the bridge over Middle Oconee River (on the old road) and guns emplaced on the hill above Princeton Factory (0.3 miles N.), supported by the "Mitchell Thunderbolts" and other Home Guards units, commanded by Capt. Edward P. Lumpkin, son of the first Chief Justice of Georgia, and home on convalescent leave. Unable to cross, Adams turned west and, avoiding towns, reached the Union lines near Marietta on August 4th, his brigade almost intact.

Capron, who had waited in reserve near Watkinsville, attempted to follow him but found himself on the Hog Mountain road to Jug Tavern (Winder) instead. Passing through Jug Tavern late that night, he marched to King´s Tanyard (5 miles N.W. of Winder) and halted for two hours rest. Before dawn on August 3rd. he was surprised by William´s Kentucky Brigade. About 430 of his men were captured, a few escaping through the woods. Capron himself, with six men, reached Marietta four days later on foot.



The New York Times: Published: August 15, 1864
STONEMAN'S RAID.; The Raid and Capture of Gen. Stoneman --The Campaign at Atlanta

Wikipedia: George Stoneman, Jr.