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Bulloch County Historical Markers

Skirmish at Statesboro


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Skirmish at Statesboro
  • Location: US 80/Ga 26 in the northwest edge of Statesboro

SKIRMISH AT STATESBORO

Approaching Statesboro on Dec. 4, 1864, a strong party of mounted foragers from Hazen’s division, 15th Corps (USA), on th right of Gen. Sherman’s army on its destructive March to the Sea, was attacked by a detachment of Confederate cavalry and driven back to the protection of Hazen’s marching column.

The Seventieth Ohio Infantry (leading the Union advance) deployed, fired a volley, and charged with the bayonet, driving the cavalry back through Statesboro and clearing the way for the advance. During this encounter, the Confederates lost 6 killed, 1 wounded, and 2 captured; Hazen lost 8 wounded and 27 captured, all from the foraging party.

016-7 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1958