Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge

Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge (HM1B3K)

Location: Phenix City, AL 36867 Russell County
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N 32° 27.806', W 84° 59.961'

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Early in the afternoon of April 16, 1865 the first major act in the Battle of Girard-Columbus took place. Union General Emory Upton sent the First Ohio cavalry charging down old Crawford Road to capture the Dillingham Bridge, then known as the lower or wagon bridge. Confederates on the Georgia side had prepared for the Union tactic by removing the bridge's flooring and placing turpentine-soaked cotton along the length of its superstructure. Confederate Colonel C. C. McGehee crawled out on the wooden framework and set it ablaze. When they saw the bridge burst into flame, the First Ohio broke off its all-out charge.
HM NumberHM1B3K
Year Placed2004
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 1:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 688031 N 3593568
Decimal Degrees32.46343333, -84.99935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.806', W 84° 59.961'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 48.36" N, 84° 59' 57.66" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-611 Co Rd 28, Phenix City AL 36867, US
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