Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Stoneman Raid

Marker ID: GHM 117-6
Location: Courthouse in Eatonton
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 33° 19.559    W 083° 23.3
  33.32598436    -83.38832799
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6ZR3
The Stoneman Raid Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Closing in on Atlanta in July, 1864, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, found its vast fortifications ´too strong to assault and too extensive to invest.´ To force an evacuation, he sent Maj. Gen. George Stoneman´s cavalry (2112 men and 2 guns) to cut the Central of Georgia R.R. by which the city´s defenders were supplied. Retreating from an attempt on Macon. Stoneman was intercepted on the 31st at Sunshine Church (19 miles NE of Macon) by Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, Jr., who, with only 1300 cavalry, deluded him into believing that he was being surrounded. Stoneman covered the escape of Adams´ and Capron´s brigades, then he surrendered, with about 600 men and his artillery and train, to what Iverson had convinced him was a superior force. Clear of the field, both brigades marched toward Eatonton. At Murder Creek (8 miles SW), Capron moved toward Madison and camped north of the Monticello road. Adams continued toward Eatonton, but paused here only to loot food and grain stocks, aware of probable pursuit. Late that night, he camped about five miles north. Beyond Madison (22 miles N), where he burned large stocks of army supplies, he was joined next afternoon by Capron, who had marched via Rutledge (9 miles W of Madison). They made camp ´twelve miles from the bridge crossing the Oconee River, near Athens.´ Separated near Athens, Adams reached the Union lines safely; but Capron, resting for two hours near Winder, was surprised before dawn on August 3rd and lost his entire command.


The Stoneman Raid
Photo by David Seibert


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.