|Gen Judson Kilpatrick|
The Battle of Buck Head Creek was fought November 28th 1864, a part of the March to the Sea.
Confederate Major General Joseph Wheeler caught up with two Union regiments on November 26th 1864, and attacked their camp. This kept Union Brigadier General H Judson Kilpatrick from destroying a railroad trestle over the Briar Creek. Kilpatrick then found out the Union prisoners being held at Camp Lawton that he was supposed to release, had been moved, and so he began a move of troops to meet up with Union Major General William T Sherman.
Kilpatrick’s cavalry made camp on November 27th 1864 near Buck Head Creek. Early the next morning November 28th 1864 Wheeler came up on the camp, almost captured Kilpatrick, driving the Union cavalry across Buck Head Creek. The 5th Ohio Cavalry, commanded by Colonel Thomas T Heath fought a rearguard action with the support of two pieces of artillery. They raked Wheeler’s men with canister, and then burned the bridge they had crossed on. Wheeler’s cavalry crossed the river, pursuing the Union troopers to Reynolds’ Plantation, where they found the Union soldiers behind barricades. Wheeler’s men retired from the field, and Kilpatrick continued the join up with Sherman.