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Liberty County Historical Markers

Skirmish at Hinesville


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: Skirmish at Hinesville
  • Location: Oglethorpe Ave. (U.S. 84) and Ryan St., Hinesville

SKIRMISH AT HINESVILLE

On Dec. 16, 1864, a detachment of the 7th Illinois Infantry (mounted) foraging near the right flank of Gen. Sherman’s army which was then closing in on Savannah, mete here in Hinesville a detachment of cavalry from Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson’s brigade of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry corps of the Army of Tennessee. Wheeler’s corps and units of the Georgia Militia had offered steady resistance to Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” from Atlanta to Savannah.

After a sharp skirmish through the town, the Confederate detachment withdrew toward the Canoochee River to rejoin Iverson.

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