This Week in the Civil War - #975
During Sherman’s march through Georgia, General Joseph Wheeler’s reinforced Confederate cavalry corps constituted the one and only effective threat to Sherman’s Union invaders. In late November, on the 27th, Wheeler’s cavalry defeated in a two-day engagement at Waynesborough a force of Union cavalry under Hugh Kilpatrick, the leader of the abortive Union raid on Richmond earlier in 1864. On Sunday, December 4, 1864 Wheeler once again attacked Kilpatrick’s cavalry which guarded Union troops at work destroying railroad tracks near Waynesborough. An extended cavalry engagement ensued for most of the day, with Kilpatrick soon advancing against Wheeler, whose forces in turn, countercharged. Eventually, dismounted Union cavalry concentrated their fire and drove Wheeler’s attacking forces from several positions, regaining credibility for both the Union cavalry and its Georgia commander, Hugh Kilpatrick.