"A Hard Nut To Crack"
— The Battle For Decatur —As sharp shooting and artillery fire continued throughout the morning of October 28, Granger and Doolittle determined to launch an attack upon the Confederate battery at the edge of the Tennessee River, whose fire threatened the critical pontoon bridge. Chosen to make this assault was the 14th USCT. Colonel Thomas Jefferson Morgan recorded the preparations for this charge, "The men were stripped of all extra load, carrying only gun, accouterments, and canteen of water. They were cautioned that a battery was to be charged and taken, if only ten men survived to take it. They seemed anxious for the work."
|Placed By||City of Decatur|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:55pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 501842 N 3830207|
|Decimal Degrees||34.61371667, -86.97990000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 36.823', W 86° 58.794'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 36' 49.38" N, 86° 58' 47.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1100-1198 Oak St NE, Decatur AL 35601, US|
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