“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

General Hood's Narrow Escape

December 26, 1864

General Hood's Narrow Escape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2009
1. General Hood's Narrow Escape Marker
Inscription. Following his tragic defeat at Franklin and Nashville, General John B. Hood managed to escape over the Tennessee River at Bainbridge Ferry, a few miles south of here on December 26, 1864. Two corps under General Benjamin Cheatham and Stephen D. Lee were the first to cross, followed by men under General Alexander P. Stewart. General Nathan B. Forrest and Edward C. Walthall were the last to escape over this treacherous pontoon crossing which narrowly missed becoming one of history's bloodiest fields of slaughter.
Erected by Florence Historical Board, Florence, Alabama.
Location. 34° 47.972′ N, 87° 39.829′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Veterans Drive. Click for map. Marker is located beside Florence Coliseum on Veterans Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldier's Rest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patton Elementary School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florence Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Mountain" Tom Clark (approx. 0.4 miles away); Florence Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (approx. 0.4 miles away); 115th Signal Battalion (approx. 0.4 miles away); East Florence Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Hicks Boulevard (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,157 times since then and 109 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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