winder is a small town located on GA 211 about 10 miles south of I-85 in northeast georgia. winder is the county seat of barrow county georgia. winder was originally called jug tavern and was first settled in the early 1800's. of interest to the tourist is winder's downtown historic district, nearby civil war sites, and fort yargo state park.
the town of jug tavern (winder) was involved in the in the union fiasco known as stoneman's raid. in july 1864 general william t. sherman ordered the forces of general george stoneman to attack macon georgia. stoneman's army with the exception of two brigades were captured by the forces of general alfred iverson CSA at sunshine church 15 miles northwest of macon. adam's and capron's brigades escapted capture and marched east to attack athens georgia. both brigades were repulsed by the athens home guard and retreated toward atlanta to rejoin general sherman's forces. adam's brigade made it safely to atlanta but capron's brigade was attacked by the forces of general john williams CSA five miles west of jug tavern. 300 union solders of capron's brigade were captured with only general capron and six solders escaping to atlanta. the battle of jug tavern was the last battle of the campaign known as stonemen's raid.