Battle of Waynesborough

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Battle of Waynesborough
Began:

December 4, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Burke County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Savannah Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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3rd Cavalry Division,
Military Division of
the Mississippi

Cavalry Command,
Army of Tennessee

Commanders

Judson Kilpatrick
Brigadier General, USA

Joseph Wheeler
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

190

250

  

As Sherman’s infantry marched southeast through Georgia, his cavalry under Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick rode northeastward. He set out on the morning of December 4 to attack Waynesborough and destroy Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry command. That morning Kilpatrick’s men advanced, driving the Rebel skirmishers in front of them. The Union force then came up against a defensive line of barricades which they eventually overran. As the Union advance continued, they met more barricades which required time to overcome. Finally, the Confederates fell back to a final line of barricades within the town. After furious fighting, the Union troops broke through and Wheeler’s force ran. (NPS summary)