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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 03, 1863

Union Raiders Captured Near Rome, Georgia

Part of a group of Union raiders who had set out from Nashville on April 11 reached Georgia on this day, hoping to disrupt the Western and Atlantic Railroad, which was supplying General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate force in northwest Georgia. As the Union cavalry force approached Rome, Georgia, they discovered Rome’s civilian population armed behind barricades and ready to burn the bridges should the cavalry try to enter the city. In an amazing story reminiscent of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, John Henry Wisdom, an Alabama mailman, rode horseback for eleven straight hours to warn Rome of the pending attack. While the Union leader debated whether or not to attack, General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s forces arrived at Rome.With their escape blocked, the Union cavalry surrendered to Forrest. Click here for a more detailed account of this event.