Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur
“A Hard Nut To Crack”
—The Battle for Decatur —
Hood crossed the Chattahoochee River in late September, and marched north. Unable to gain any advantage in Northwest Georgia, Hood turned to cross the Tennessee River at Guntersville. However, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry could not join forces with Hood if he crossed there. Union gunboats were also active around Guntersville. Furthermore, the damaged Memphis and Charleston Railroad ran from Confederate supply depots in North Mississippi to Decatur. By early October, Hood considered crossing the Tennessee River at Decatur and on October 9, he ordered the railroad be repaired to that place. Accordingly, the Army of Tennessee detoured for Decatur.
Hood’s army arrived outside Decatur on October 26, and for three days the small Union garrison defended the crossing with determination. Hood soon discovered that Decatur was “a hard nut to crack.” On the morning of October 30 his army marched through Courtland for Florence / Tuscumbia.
There Hood remained for three weeks, waiting for the flooded Tennessee River
Erected by City of Decatur. (Marker Number 1.)
Location. 34° 36.85′ N, 86° 59.002′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on Bank Street Northeast north of Church Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (here, next to this marker); Battle of Decatur (a few steps from this marker); Old State Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); First Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (about 400 feet away); Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829) “An Affair Most Important to Us” - The Federal Right, October 27-28, 1864 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. "A Hard Nut to Crack" Walking Tour of the Battle of Decatur
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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