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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 25, 1864

Battle of the Oconee River Bridge

Sherman’s army had a minor skirmish today. The 14th and 20th Corps now formed the northern wing advancing toward Sandersville. Meanwhile to the south, the 17th Corps experienced a brief skirmish - the Battle of the Oconee River Bridge - with a strange combination of Confederate forces consisting of the Fourth Kentucky (of the Kentucky “Orphan Brigade”), cadets from the Georgia Military Institute at Milledgeville, and Georgia state penitentiary convicts. Badly outnumbered, all the Confederate coalition could do was briefly delay the advance of the 17th.