"A Hard Nut To Crack"
— The Battle For Decatur —As Hood's Army of Tennessee encircled Decatur, sharpshooters advanced upon the Union defenses. Colonel Doolittle's men responded with heavy artillery and musket fire. During the early afternoon of October 27, the Confederates approached the Federal breastworks (to your front). At 2:00 p.m. Lieutenant Alexander Wilson of the 73rd Indiana Infantry organized 50 men from his regiment to attack these skirmishers. Wilson encountered "stubborn resistance," but by nightfall the Federal forward line remained "very nearly on its old ground." A dense fog crept over Decatur that night, and a force of Hood's skirmishers advanced from the woods to your front, digging in near to the Union lines. When the mist burned off, the Union commanders found "It was absolutely necessary to dislodge the enemy from this position, as they covered every gun in our principal fort [Fort No. 1] and would soon render it impossible to work them?" according to General Granger.
|Placed By||City of Decatur|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 9:25am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 501318 N 3830205|
|Decimal Degrees||34.61370000, -86.98561667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 36.822', W 86° 59.137'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 36' 49.32" N, 86° 59' 8.22" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 800-1062 Railroad St, Decatur AL 35601, US|
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