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Jefferson County Historical Markers

Spier’s Turnout


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Spier’s Turnout
  • Location: U.S. 221/U.S. 319 in park at the south edge of Bartow

SPIER’S TURNOUT

On Nov. 28, 1864, Jackson’s division, 20th Corps (Williams), of Gen. Sherman’s army, destroyed the railroad from Davisboro, No. 12, CRR, to Spier’s Turnout (Bartow), No. 11, CRR, while Geary’s division and the First Michigan Engineers were destroying the railway facilities at Davisboro and five miles of track west of that point. That night, Hq. 20th Corps was established in Bartow.

Next day, the two infantry divisions and the Michigan engineers destroyed the track and all railway facilities from this point to the Ogeechee River, then turned north toward Louisville to rejoin the Left Wing.

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