Macon's Only Action In Civil War Was The Sole Confederate Victory In Sherman's March

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Macon's Only Action In Civil War Was The Sole Confederate Victory In Sherman's March
By Adam Ragusea
Updated: 6 hours ago

MACON, Ga. —
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Wednesday marks the 150th anniversary of the only battle that Macon saw in the Civil War.

While Union General Tecumseh Sherman laid siege to Atlanta, he dispatched more than 2,000 men led by General George Stoneman to cut off the city's crucial rail link with Macon.

But Stoneman's ambitions were bigger than that.

"Stoneman had brought up the idea of capturing Macon, and possibly even capturing Andersonville prison," said former Macon city councilor and amateur historian Giles O'Neal, who has been researching the battles that followed.

More:
http://www.gpb.org/news/2014/07/30/...he-sole-confederate-victory-in-shermans-march
 

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Definitely a huge Confederate win and a very bad day for Stoneman - but not during Sherman's March to the Sea.
This. The siege was just now starting in Atlanta.

Stoneman would get himself into even more trouble about 20 miles up the road from Macon at sunshine church. He barely escaped a rope.
 

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According to William Scaife, Stoneman decided to bypass the town and strike sout toward Andersonville. Howell Cobb allowed several of his pickets to be captured with the story that 1500 cavalrymen had just arrived in Macon. Stoneman then "lost his zeal" and turned back north. Instead of being in Macon, the 1500 cavalrymen were dug in around Sunshine Church in Red Oak blocking Stoneman's path.
 



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