Union Troops Charge

Union Troops Charge (HM1JR6)

Location: Selma, AL 36701 Dallas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 25.85', W 87° 1.944'

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The Main Assault of the Outer Works

— Battle of Selma —

The Lightening Brigade of the 2nd Division would spearhead the attack between Redoubts No. 13 - No. 16. Artillery covered all the approaches. At 5 p.m. General Long ordered the Second Division forward. "As Long's Second Division charged forward, bands of freed slaves who had joined the Federals during the march rushed ahead of the soldiers with axes and ignoring the hail of enemy bullets, chopped holes through the abutis and the palisade wall. Slowly the dismounted line of about fifteen hundred officers and men crested the ridge and moved at a walk toward the Confederate works six hundred yards away. As they closed with the rebels, Long's men broke into a run, cheered wildly, and fired their Spencer repeaters. These "repeaters" allowed Long's troops 7 times the fire power as their opponents. Confederate riflemen took their toll as the attackers were hindered by swampy ground and by the palisade. When the attackers reached the parapet, smoke enshrouded both sides and suddenly the defenders ceased fire., saving their fusillade for those who swung onto the wall. A brief moment of eerie silence hung over the battlefield, then bluecoats crossed the parapet and fire blazed again. Corporal John Booth of the 4th Ohio Cavalry, first to reach the works, was killed instantly. Soon after Sergeant John Morgan of the 123rd Illinois Infantry planted the stars and stripes on the Confederate works. Edward G. Longacre." - Grant's Cavalryman
HM NumberHM1JR6
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe April 1865 Society
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Date Added Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 496954 N 3588192
Decimal Degrees32.43083333, -87.03240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.85', W 87° 1.944'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 51" N, 87° 1' 56.64" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2301 Summerfield Rd, Selma AL 36701, US
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