Skirmish at Woodall's Bridge

Skirmish at Woodall's Bridge (HM1DRL)

Location: Hartselle, AL 35640 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 26.543', W 86° 58.994'

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April 7, 1864

An estimated 600 Confederate and Union troops skirmished on this site on April 7, 1864 for control of crucial troop movements south of the Tennessee River during the Federal occupation of North Alabama.

Confederate Brigadier General James Holt Clanton led forces based in Danville against a Federal cavalry from the garrison at Decatur for control of Woodall's Bridge.

The bridge was the primary route for east-west movement in Morgan County after an important river bridge at Decatur was burned two years earlier. Troops needed access to Woodall's Bridge to move across the county and defend their picket positions.

The Confederate strength was initially 40 men, with another 200 becoming engaged. The Union forces were estimated at 350 men. The Confederates chased the Union cavalry back to Decatur after the skirmish.

The next day smaller cavalry units of both forces skirmished on this site with the Confederates again chasing the Union forces back towards Decatur.
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HM NumberHM1DRL
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByHartselle Historical Society and the Alabama Tourism Board
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 501540 N 3811208
Decimal Degrees34.44238333, -86.98323333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.543', W 86° 58.994'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 32.58" N, 86° 58' 59.64" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2114-2136 Main St W, Hartselle AL 35640, US
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