Location: Burke County, Georgia
Campaign: Savannah Campaign (1864)
Date: December 4, 1864
Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick [US];
Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler [CS]
Forces Engaged: 3rd Cavalry Division, Military Division of the Mississippi [US];
Cavalry Command, Army of Tennessee [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 440 total (US 190; CS 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.
Result: Union victory