Battle of Griswoldville

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Battle of Griswoldville
Began:

November 22, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Jones and Twiggs Counties, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Savannah Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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2nd Brigade, 1st Division,
XV Corps (Army of the Tennessee)
Two regiments of cavalry

1st Division, Georgia Militia
Cavalry Corps, Department of
South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

Commanders

Charles C. Walcutt
Brigadier General, USA

Pleasant J. Philips
Brigadier General, CSA
Joseph Wheeler
Major General, CSA

Strength

1,500

4,500

Casualties

94
Killed: 13
Wounded: 79
Captured: 2

1,123
Killed: 51
Wounded: 472
Captured: 600

  

Brig. Gen. Charles Walcutt was ordered to make a demonstration, with the six infantry regiments and one battery that comprised his brigade, toward Macon to ascertain the disposition of enemy troops in that direction. He set out on the morning of November 22, and after a short march he ran into some of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry and drove them beyond Griswoldville. Having accomplished his mission, Walcutt retired to a position at Duncan’s Farm and fortified it with logs and rails to meet an expected Rebel attack force composed of three brigades of Georgia State Militia. The Georgia Militia had been ordered from Macon to Augusta, thinking the latter was Sherman’s next objective, and accidentally collided with Walcutt’s force. The Union force withstood three determined charges before receiving reinforcements of one regiment of infantry and two regiments of cavalry. The Rebels did not attack again and soon retired. (NPS summary)

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