Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Along with Confederate soldiers’ uniforms, various other Civil War memorabilia will be on display at the 150th anniversary of Garrard’s Raid on the Conyers train station. The Rockdale County Historical Society and Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a commemorative observance at the train depot in Olde Town on July 22, the sesquicentennial anniversary of the attack in Conyers. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)
CONYERS — Brigadier Gen. Kenner D. Garrard led a raid on Conyers 150 years ago during the Civil War, and the Rockdale County Historical Society along with the Major General Joseph Wheeler Camp #863 Sons of Confederate Veterans are hosting a commemorative event in observance of the sesquicentennial anniversary.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, July 22, at The Depot in Olde Town. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m.
On July 22, 1864, Gen. Garrard’s army raided the Conyers train depot in an attempt to cut off transportation means for the Confederate Army, which had supplies sent through a rail system that came from Virginia and went down to Augusta. According to Rockdale County Historical Society Publicity Chairman Harriet Gattis, the Union Army burned the Conyers station to the ground and captured 16 Confederate soldiers before moving on to Covington, where they destroyed other train trestles over the Alcovy and Yellow rivers. Gen. Garrard acted under the command of William T. Sherman, who was leading an attack in Atlanta the same day as the one in Conyers. Sherman’s notorious raid in Georgia during 1864 left most of the what is now the metro Atlanta area destroyed, plundered and ravaged.
SCV members, whose ancestors served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, will be at the event with war artifacts and memorabilia. In addition to the SCV, Rockdale County Historical Society member and local author of “The War Comes to Conyers Station” Rosanna Taylor will be there for a speaking presentation. Taylor will outline the events of the 1864 attack and how it impacted Conyers.
“We’re hoping to have 40 to 50 people show up, but we would welcome as many as we can get,” said Gattis. “This year we decided to recognize one of our members (Taylor). She’ll be telling about the time the Conyers station was occupied.”
For more information, contact Harriet Gattis at 770-929-4270.