||As Sherman’s infantry marched southeast through Georgia, his cavalry under Brig. Gen. Judson
Kilpatrick rode northeastward. He set out on the morning of December 4 to attack Waynesborough and destroy
Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry command. That morning Kilpatrick’s men advanced, driving the Rebel skirmishers in front
of them. The Union force then came up against a defensive line of barricades which they eventually overran. As the
Union advance continued, they met more barricades which required time to overcome. Finally, the Confederates fell
back to a final line of barricades within the town. After furious fighting, the Union troops broke through and
Wheeler’s force ran.