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Subject: Fwd. Questions
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 02:53:03 -0500
I wanted to forward this message from another list. I figured if anyone
could help her it would be the bunch on this list!!
Diana Kinzer Heath
"Griswoldville, this one in Twiggs Co., Georgia, where a battle occurred on
November 22, 1864 during the War Between the States (Yankees won, 712
casualties total), oddly enough it is called the "Battle of Griswoldville"."
I found this on a Grisworld, CT
FORT GRISWOLD BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK. GROTON, CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY
WAR ERA website.
I would like to know if there is a connection to Griswoldville, GA.
can anyone add details. perhaps after the Rev, some of the Griswold, CT
soldiers migrated to GA or maybe even some members of the Griswold family.
I have seen 2 accounts of this battle.
this particular battle on the CSA side was fought by boys and old men
(Black & White) defending their town with whatever weapon they could find.
"a group of a few thousand young boys and old men gathered to defend their
families and homes from Sherman's Army. You see old men and little boys
were all that was left in Georgia [ besides the women of course] to stand
in the way of Sherman's Army as it burned and looted all the homes on it's
so called "glorious march to the sea." Boys 12 to 15 years old and old men
60 or more. Armed with shotguns and sticks they charged federal veterans
who were armed with repeating rifles. They charged them three times. They
were slaughtered. I think of those brave little boys whose ranks got
thinner with each charge. They defended their Mammas and their homes. "
"Sherman's troops were the defenders, not the attackers, and they stood up
behind their breastworks and called out to the Confederate attackers to "Go
back!" But to no avail. The Confederates attacked and were slaughtered."
"A sparse account is given in Boatner's CIVIL WAR DICTIONARY, and this
article cites Jacob Cox's narrative of the Atlanta Campaign and the March
to the Sea. But Cox was a Federal officer so I guess you don't want that
<g>. GW Smith, the commander of the Georgia militia gives a very sparse
account in BATTLES AND LEADERS, Vol. IV (p. 667). The details that I gave
you here come from an article in Civil War Times Illustrated, from many
years ago. Sorry I can't be more specific than that."
Other Names: None
Location: Jones County and Twiggs County
Campaign: Savannah Campaign (1864)
Date(s): November 22, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Charles C. Walcutt [US]; Brig. Gen.
Pleasant J. Philips and
Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler [CS]
Forces Engaged: 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee
regiments of cavalry [US]; 1st Division Georgia Militia and Cavalry Corps,
South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 712 total (US 62; CS 650)
Description: 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
Wheelers cavalry and drove them
beyond Griswoldville. Having accomplished his mission, Walcutt retired to a
position at Duncans 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 Shermans
next objective, and accidentally collided with Walcutts 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.
Result(s): Union victory
CWSAC Reference #: GA025
Preservation Priority: II.2 (Class B)
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