150th ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GRISWOLDVILLE, GEORGIA
(Macon - November 20, 2014) In one of the most heroic stands of the War for Southern Independence, the Georgia militia, consisting mainly of old men and young boys, attempted to halt Sherman's march to the sea at Griswoldville right outside of Macon. This Saturday there will be a special ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the courageous stand at Griswoldville.
Griswoldville had been the site of one of the few gun factories in the south during the War, but now Union troops had burned virtually everything in their path.
On November 22nd, 1864, the Georgia militia faced off against an entire brigade of federal soldiers, plus cavalry and artillery. Throughout the day, Georgia forces made one daring charge after another against the Union line; but each time, canister fire from the Yankee artillery cut the valiant sons in grey to pieces.
The men and boys of the Georgia milita fought with inferior weapons and supplies until they were forced to retreat; but their bravery has become a legacy for all Georgia veterans of the War. A monument was erected in their honour in 2012.
This Saturday there will be a special ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the courageous stand at Griswoldville.
The Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, "The Jackson Rifles", and The Camp of the Unknown Soldier, SCV Camp # 2218, of Clinton, Jones County, Georgia, cordially invite one and all to the annual Griswoldville Battle Commemorative Service on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
A living history program will begin at 9:30am with the commemoration at 12:00 noon.
Guest speaker will be Pastor John Weaver.
THE EVENT IS NOT HELD AT JARRELL PLANTATION. IT WILL BE ON THE ACTUAL GRISWOLDVILLE BATTLEFIELD.
Griswoldville Battlefield is located east of Griswoldville in Twiggs County, Georgia, 10 miles east of Macon via U.S. 80 and Ga. Hwy. 57 towards Gordon on Baker Road.
More information about the battle can be found HERE.
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this year's planned events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-456-3393 or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org
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