Battle of Lovejoy's Station

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Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Began:

August 20, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Clayton County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Atlanta Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Kilpatrick's Cavalry Division

Jackson's Cavalry Division

Commanders

Judson Kilpatrick
Brigadier General, USA

William H. Jackson
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

237

240

  

While Confederate Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler was absent raiding Union supply lines from North Georgia to East Tennessee, Maj. Gen. William Sherman, unconcerned, sent Judson Kilpatrick to raid Rebel supply lines. Leaving on August 18, Kilpatrick hit the Atlanta & West Point Railroad that evening, tearing up a small area of tracks. Next, Kilpatrick headed for Lovejoy's Station on the Macon & Western Railroad. In transit, on the 19th, Kilpatrick's men hit the Jonesborough supply depot on the Macon & Western Railroad, burning great amounts of supplies. On the 20th, they reached Lovejoy's Station and began their destruction. Rebel infantry (Cleburne's Division) appeared and the raiders were forced to fight into the night, finally fleeing to prevent encirclement. Although Kilpatrick had destroyed supplies and track at Lovejoy's Station, the railroad line was back in operation in two days. (NPS summary)

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