150 Years Ago Today: July 30th, 1864: The Battles at Dunlap Farm and Sunshine Church

July 30th, 1864: 

I again apologize for the lateness of the post as I have been pretty busy for the last few days.

Dunlap Farm:
     Since General Stoneman decided not to meet up with McCook at Love Joy’s Station, he continued on toward Macon in an attempt to rescue prisoners being held there.  On his way into Macon, Stoneman’s Cavalry destroyed several miles of track along with several bridges and depots.  He then moved on Macon in an attempt to take the city.  He established his headquarters at the Dunlap House, located in what is now Ocmulgee National Monument.  He used his two pieces of light artillery to begin shelling the city and was quickly forced to retreat by Confederates guarding the city. 
    
Sunshine Church:
     With Stoneman retreating from Macon, Confederate Cavalry under the command of Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson Jr., gave chase.  Iverson had been born and raised in the area and his knowledge of the area allowed him to get ahead of Stoneman near Sunshine Church (near Round Oak, Ga.).  The Confederates place a cannon in the middle of the road and as soon as Stoneman was in range, the began to fire on him.  A sharp skirmish ensued and Iverson was able to deceive Stoneman into thinking he was surrounded.  Stoneman surrendered himself and 700 troops to Iverson.  They were then imprisoned in the very prisons they were trying to reach in an effort to rescue their comrades.