Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Confederate Line at Ogeechee Church, No. 4 1/2 CRR

Marker ID: GHM 124-23B
Location: Ga 17 at Oliver
County: Screven
Coordinates: N 32° 31.331    W 081° 32.051
  32.52218    -81.53418
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7XQ2
The Confederate Line at Ogeechee Church, No. 4 1/2 CRR Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


On Nov. 28, 1864, Maj. Gen. H.C. Wayne, Adj. Gen. of Georgia, with a small force (CSA) composed of the Corps of Cadets, Georgia Military Institute, Warthen`s Washington County militia company and Pruden`s battery, fell back from Millen and entrenched a line through this site to block the passage of the Little Ogeechee River by the 17th Corps of Gen. Sherman`s army (USA) which was advancing toward Savannah, destroying the railroad as it advanced.

On Dec. 3rd, Wayne was reinforced by the 1st and 2nd Georgia State Line, Toomb`s Brigade, Georgia Militia, and Baker`s North Carolina brigade. On the 4th, Anderson`s and Phillips` brigades, Georgia Militia, arrived, giving Wayne a force of 4,000 infantry. Preparations to fight at the Little Ogeechee continued and, late on the 4th, skirmishing began between the advance guard, 17th Corps, and the G.M.I. cadets. Wayne was confident that he could hold this line until he learned that the 15th Corps (USA) was preparing to cross the Great Ogeechee River behind his left and that the 20th Corps (USA) was approaching his right. To escape encirclement, he extricated his command in the night.

On the 5th, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, reached the Ogeechee Church (Oliver) and established headquarters in the home of Mr. Matthew Lufburrow, east of the depot, where he remained for two days to coordinate the movement of his four large columns.

124-23B Georgia Historical Commission 1958

The Confederate Line at Ogeechee Church, No. 4 1/2 CRR
Photo by Ken Moser