Historic Markers Across Georgia

Kilpatrick's Raid

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Location: At the Nash farm, 4361 Jonesboro Rd at Babbs Mill Rd, Hampton, GA
County: Henry
Coordinates: N 33° 27.558    W 084° 17.468
  33.4593    -84.29113333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6A56
Kilpatrick's Raid Marker  


After the failed McCook in Stoneman raids, Union Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman mounted one last effort to cut Atlanta´s railroads with his Calvary. Just before dark, August 18, 1864, Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick led 4,500 troops of the 2nd and 3rd Calvary division´s from their bivouac at Sandtown. Crossing Camp Creek, they collided with Brig. Gen. Sul Ross´s Texas Calvary and a running fight began as the outnumbered Texans grudgingly retreated toward the Atlanta in & West Point R.R. After tearing up the track near Fairburn, Kilpatrick´s men fought their way into Jonesboro on August 19, where they wrecked four miles of the Macon & Western R.R. As Confederate forces closed in, the raiders quietly slipped away, reaching Lovejoy the next morning. Overtaken by rebel infantry and Ross´s pursuing Calvary. Kilpatrick formed his compact columns on a ridge just west of the Nash farm. With sabers drawn and bugles blaring, they rode over Ross´s Texans in one of the most dramatic Calvary charges of the Civil War. Escaping across the South River, the Raiders reached Sherman´s lines August 22. By that time, hasty Confederate repairs to the railroads already had trains rolling into Atlanta again.

Henry County, Georgia