"A Hard Nut To Crack"
— The Battle For Decatur —In 1860, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was the only east-west route through the United States south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Maintaining control of this rail line was essential to Confederate strategy. Union Brigadier General Ormsby Mitchell occupied Decatur on April 13, 1862. Confederate defenders attempted to destroy this bridge, but failed. Union troops would destroy the bridge themselves on April 27, 1862. Union troops would occupy Decatur briefly in the summer of 1862 and the fall of 1863, and returned permanently on March 8, 1864. Construction of a pontoon bridge on the site of the destroyed railroad bridge was immediately commenced.
|Placed By||City of Decatur|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 3:27pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 501495 N 3830336|
|Decimal Degrees||34.61488333, -86.98368333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 36.893', W 86° 59.021'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 36' 53.58" N, 86° 59' 1.26" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 32-48 Wilson St NW, Decatur AL 35601, US|
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