Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Brier Creek Bridges

Marker ID: GHM 017-14
Location: Ga 56 about 4 miles northeast of Waynesboro at Brier Creek
County: Burke
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: None


In Nov. 1864, movements of Kilpatrick´s cavalry division (U) of Sherman´s army, which had left Atlanta on the 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, indicated an advance on Augusta via Waynesboro. To protect this crossing of Brier Creek, strong earthworks were built astride the Augusta Road, NW and SE through this point.

An attempt by Kilpatrick on the 27th to burn the bridges over Brier Creek was defeated by wheeler´s cavalry [C]. On Dec. 4th, Kilpatrick returned with strong infantry support, drove Wheeler out of Waynesboro and across Brier Creek and burned the rail and wagon bridges north and east of Waynesboro.

GHM 017-14 Georgia Historical Commission