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Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church

Marker ID: GHM 017-13
Location: Ga 24 at Rocky Creek about 5 miles SW of Waynesboro, GA
County: Burke
Coordinates: N 33° 3.883    W 082° 5.819
  32.064716    -82.09698
Waymark: None


Dec. 2, 1864, Baird´s division, 14th Corps USA, marching on the left of Gen. Sherman´s army in support of Kilpatricks´s cavalry division, which was enroute to burn the bridges over Brier Creek, NE of Waynesboro, reched Rocky Creek about 10:00 A.M. after skirmishing steadily with elements of Wheeler´s cavalry CSA for several miles. Here near the church Baird found Wheeler posted on the east bank. The 74th Indiana Infantry attacked across the creek while other units crossed upstream and flanked out the defenders, who then fell back slowly to protect Waynesboro.

GHM 017-13 Georgia Historical Commission