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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMISH_dancy-polk-house-circa-1829_Decatur-AL.html
The oldest home in Decatur still standing, this Early Classical Revival mansion was built by Frank Dancy and was a private residence until 1872, when it became a boarding house and hotel. During the Civil War, the home belonged to Dancy's daughter…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMISF_an-affair-most-important-to-us-the-federal-right-october-27-28-1864_Decatur-AL.html
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 Federa…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMISC_a-hard-nut-to-crack-federal-defenses-at-decatur_Decatur-AL.html
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 "tin…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIRN_decatur-and-the-civil-war-in-north-alabama_Decatur-AL.html
Decatur had close to 800 residents in 1860, not many more than the 606 persons counted in the 1850 census. Included in the 1860 census were 267 white males, 206 white females, three free blacks including two males and one female, and 130 slaves of…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIRM_hoods-middle-tennessee-campaign-and-the-battle-for-decatur_Decatur-AL.html
Following the fall of Atlanta on September 2, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood, Commander of the Army of Tennessee, began a series of maneuvers against the Union line of supply running from Atlanta through Northwest Georgia, North Alabama,…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMII4_carolyn-cortner-smith_Decatur-AL.html
(Front):Born in 1894 in Normandy, Tennessee, Carolyn Cortner was raised in the Courtland area of Lawrence County, Alabama. She attended Ward-Belmont College in Tennessee. She married Wilburn Smith in 1912. She did not attend formal architecture sc…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIGV_first-missionary-baptist-church_Decatur-AL.html
Led by first pastor Alfred Peters, 21 members organized this church on April 22, 1866, in the home of Sister Jane Young. Services were first held in a storefront building on the banks of the Tennessee River. In 1873 First Missionary purchased a ch…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIGT_schaudies-banks-cottage_Decatur-AL.html
During the 1870s, Samuel Schaudies and Abbie Robinson Schaudies moved to this site from Huntsville and purchased this five-room cottage in 1881 for $800.00. The deed lists this site as part of Lot 84, "Old Town" Decatur. In 1875, their daughter, T…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIGS_old-state-bank-building_Decatur-AL.html
Erected 1833, Cost $9,482. Classic Revival design. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Decatur Branch, Bank of The State of Alabama. Chartered 1832 by state legislature, profitable until 1837, charter revoked 1842 and closed. 1842-1901…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMIGR_first-railroad_Decatur-AL.html
Built 1833 to by-pass shoals in Tenn. River. Absorbed by Memphis & Charleston And by Southern Rwy. In 1898.
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