Affair at Madison Station / Affair at Indian Creek Ford

Affair at Madison Station / Affair at Indian Creek Ford (HMJ5X)

Location: Madison, AL 35758 Madison County
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N 34° 41.632', W 86° 44.95'

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May 17, 1864 / December 23, 1864

The largest engagement of the Civil War in Madison County was fought during a driving rainstorm here at the site of the railroad depot. Under the command of Col. Josiah Patterson, the Confederate forces (~1000 cavalry and a battery of artillery) crossed the Tennessee River near Triana and attacked a garrison of ~350 men of the 13th Illinois Infantry. Union forces fell back along the railroad toward Huntsville to Indian Creek. They counterattacked after being reinforced by infantry from Huntsville. Confederates were forced back across the river after burning equipment and cotton at the depot. Casualties were light on both sides.

One of the last engagements between regular forces of the Civil War in Madison County occurred ~2 1/2 miles east of this spot on a bitterly cold day. Union elements of the 10th~13th Indiana Cavalries and the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry (US), under Lt. Col. W.F. Prosser, attacked a force of ~300 dismounted cavalry from Roddey's, Burtwell's and Moreland's regiments, commanded by Col J.R. B. Burtwell's, and Moreland's regiments, commanded by Col. J.R. B Burtwell. The Union forced made a mounted saber charge which resulted in disorganized Confederate retreat. Union losses were 1 killed and 3 wounded, while the Confederate loss was reported as several killed and 54 wounded and captured.
HM NumberHMJ5X
Year Placed2004
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 8:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 522973 N 3839123
Decimal Degrees34.69386667, -86.74916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 41.632', W 86° 44.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 41' 37.92" N, 86° 44' 57.00" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25 Front St, Madison AL 35758, US
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