Historic Markers Across Georgia

Sherman's Right Wing

Marker ID: GHM 051-11
Location: U.S. 280 at Black Creek Church Rd., 3.6 miles west of U.S. 80
County: Effingham
Coordinates: N 32° 10.367    W 081° 23.393
  32.172783    -81.38988
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCG17
Sherman's Right Wing Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


On Dec. 6, 1864, the 15th Corps [US], the extreme right of Gen. Sherman´s army on its destructive March to the Sea, camped near Jenk´s Bridge on Great Ogeechee River, east of Blitchton. On the 7th, Oliver´s brigade was sent in advance of Hazen´s division to seize the bridge over Canoochee River east of Bryan Court House (Clyde). Beginning at Black Creek, his advance was resisted by Confederate cavalry. After continual skirmishing, Oliver´s superior force reached the bridge only to find it in flames and the crossing strongly defended. Unable to advance, he returned to Bryan Court House to await Hazen´s arrival.


Sherman's Right Wing
Photo by Ken Moser