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Near Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle

 
 
Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 7, 2010
1. Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Marker
Inscription. On Sept. 25, 1864 Gen. N.B. Forrest's Confederate cavalry, with Morton's battery of 4 guns, attacked and captured the Union fort near here. The fort consisted of a square redoubt, rifle pits, two blockhouses, and some frame buildings. It protected a large railroad trestle about a mile E. of here. After a demand for surrender was refused by Col. Lathrop, the Union commander, the Confederates attacked, supported by 800 rounds of artillery fire. Over 200 Union officers and men, including Col. Lathrop, were killed in the onslaught. After the garrison of approx. 900 survivors surrendered, the trestle and blockhouses were destroyed.
 
Erected 1982 by Limestone County Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 54.683′ N, 86° 59.3′ W. Marker is near Elkmont, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Elkmont Road/North Jefferson Street (State Highway 127) south of Upper Fort Hampton Road (County Road 49), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24514 Elkmont Road, Elkmont AL 35620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commerce (approx. 1.5 miles away); Downtown Scenes (approx. 1.5 miles away);
Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 7, 2010
2. Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Marker
Looking South along Elkmont Rd/Hwy 127.
Elkmont Pride: Family-School-Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Elkmont, Alabama / Tenn. & Ala. Central Railroad (approx. 1.5 miles away); Old New Garden Cemetery / New Garden Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sims Settlement (approx. 3 miles away); Abner Alloway Strange, Sr. (approx. 5.5 miles away); Cunningham Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elkmont.
 
Regarding Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle. The location of the trestle/battle is accessible on a well-maintained trail (Richard Martin Trail) that follows the path of the former railroad. The closest access point to the marker is from downtown Elkmont near the old train station/historical society building.
 
Additional keywords. U.S.C.T.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,099 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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