"A Hard Nut To Crack"
— The Battle For Decatur —Decatur played a key role in the Federal defenses of the vital rail lines in North Alabama. These defenses were configured in a three-tiered system. First, a number of lightly armored gunboats, constructed on the Tennessee River and nicknamed "tinclads," patrolled the river to intercept Confederate raiders attempting to cross. These gunboats regularly visited Decatur to obtain fuel, supplies and ammunition. The second component of the defensive line was garrisons stationed at strategic points on the Tennessee River. Finally, Federal units guarded the railroad in small stockades or blockhouses at important locations such as bridges.
|Placed By||City of Decatur|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:20pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 501330 N 3830064|
|Decimal Degrees||34.61243333, -86.98548333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 36.746', W 86° 59.129'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 36' 44.76" N, 86° 59' 7.74" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 701 Bank St NE, Decatur AL 35601, US|
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