Civil War Blog

A project of PA Historian

Cavalry Action at Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia

Posted By on December 14, 2012

The Georgia Historical Commission Historical Marker for the cavalry Action at Lovejoy’s Station, is located at US Route 41 at McDonough Road at Hastings, in Clayton County, Georgia.  The marker describes one of the earlier actions in Sherman’s March to the Sea:

Cavalry Action at Lovejoy’s Station

On the night of 15 November 1864, the 3rd Cavalry Division of General Sherman’s army [US], which had left Atlanta early that morning on its destructive March to the Sea, camped on the west bank of Flint River near Jonesboro (6 miles N). This division, commanded by Brig. Gen. J. L.Kilpatrick, USA, had marched past East Point and turned down Flint River to cover the right flank. Near Jonesboro, Murray’s brigade had crossed the river, attacked Iverson’s smaller cavalry command [CS], driven it from the town, and retired to the west bank to camp with the division.

On  16 November, Kilpatrick moved south through Jonesboro toward Lovejoy’s Station (1 mile SE). After skirmishing heavily most of the way, he found Iverson, with two 3-inch guns, occupying earthworks constructed east and west of this point by the Army of Tennessee [CS] after evacuating Atlanta in September.

Murray’s brigade assaulted the position. The 3rd Kentucky and 8th Indiana cavalry regiments, supported by the 10th Wisconsin Battery, charged on foot and carried the works. Mounting quickly, the 3rd Kentucky, followed by the 2nd Kentucky, charged with the saber, captured the guns and forty prisoners, and drove Iverson toward Bear Creek Station (Hampton), 5 miles SE.

The action was conducted by Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, after whom the G.A.R. Post in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania was named.  Participating in the cavalry corps led by Kilpatrick was the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry which included many men from  the Lykens Valley area.

Current research records show that the following men from the Lykens Valley area served in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and may have participated in the cavalry action at Lovejoy’s Station:

Isaac O. Billman ——- David Block ——- William Brennan ——- Henry Breslin ——- John Carl ——- Michael Clary ——- Ezra Cockill Jr. ——- Christian Crous ——- Patrick Cuniff ——- Patrick Eagen ——- Edward Erdman ——- Thomas B. Evans ——- Thomas B. Evans ——- Peter Fetler ——- Adam Fetler ——- Daniel Fitzpatrick ——- Patrick Flynn ——- Joseph Fotheringill ——- William Fuller ——- Huling Galbraith ——- George W. Geesey ——- Henry H. Heim ——- William Hennessey ——- Josiah Hoke ——- Elias Horn ——- Emanuel Kehres ——- John Z. Keim ——- Elias Klinger ——- William R. Klinger ——- Edward Lawler ——- George Lubold ——- John Magnin ——- Daniel McManaman ——- Jonas Miller ——- Henry W. Moore ——- Benjamin Ressler ——- Thomas H. Rickert ——- Henry G. Riegle ——- Jacob Riegle ——- Henry Risinger ——- John M. Robinson ——- Perry H. Snyder ——- Elias G. Starr ——- Isaac D. Steel  ——- Alexander F. Thompson ——- Frederick G. Weaver

For more information on Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick and a map of Sherman’s March to the Sea, see the prior blog entry, Millersburg G.A.R. Post Named for Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick.



Leave a Reply

Please note: Comment moderation is currently enabled so there will be a delay between when you post your comment and when it shows up. Patience is a virtue; there is no need to re-submit your comment.