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Phenix City in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge

 
 
Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
1. Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge Marker
Inscription. Early in the afternoon of April 16, 1865 the first major act in the Battle of Girard-Columbus took place. Union General Emory Upton sent the First Ohio cavalry charging down old Crawford Road to capture the Dillingham Bridge, then known as the lower or wagon bridge. Confederates on the Georgia side had prepared for the Union tactic by removing the bridge's flooring and placing turpentine-soaked cotton along the length of its superstructure. Confederate Colonel C. C. McGehee crawled out on the wooden framework and set it ablaze. When they saw the bridge burst into flame, the First Ohio broke off its all-out charge.
 
Erected 2004 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 32° 27.806′ N, 84° 59.961′ W. Marker is in Phenix City, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of Dillingham Street and Brickyard Road, on the left when traveling east on Dillingham Street. Click for map. At the western foot of the Dillingham Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Dillingham Street, Phenix City AL 36867, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. POW ✯ MIA Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Dillingham Bridge today. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
2. Dillingham Bridge today.
Horace King (about 500 feet away); Six Indians Hanged (about 500 feet away); The Tie-Snake (approx. mile away); Columbus Iron Works (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); Empire Mills (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); Garrett and Sons / Cargill-Wright Company (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); Lummus Cotton Gins (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Phenix City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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