Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle

Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle (HM15D8)

Location: Elkmont, AL 35620 Limestone County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 54.683', W 86° 59.3'

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On Sept. 25, 1864 Gen. N.B. Forrest's Confederate cavalry, with Morton's battery of 4 guns, attacked and captured the Union fort near here. The fort consisted of a square redoubt, rifle pits, two blockhouses, and some frame buildings. It protected a large railroad trestle about a mile E. of here. After a demand for surrender was refused by Col. Lathrop, the Union commander, the Confederates attacked, supported by 800 rounds of artillery fire. Over 200 Union officers and men, including Col. Lathrop, were killed in the onslaught. After the garrison of approx. 900 survivors surrendered, the trestle and blockhouses were destroyed.
HM NumberHM15D8
Year Placed1982
Placed ByLimestone County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 9:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 501065 N 3863215
Decimal Degrees34.91138333, -86.98833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 54.683', W 86° 59.3'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 54' 40.98" N, 86° 59' 18.00" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24412-24744 Elkmont Rd, Elkmont AL 35620, US
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