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

Trough Springs

Trough Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
1. Trough Springs Marker
Inscription. Well known spring in the 1800's where travelers watered horses and livestock before crossing Monte Sano on Big Cove Pike. In late 1863, Captain Lemuel Mead's Partisan Rangers attacked railroads, wagon trains, and forage parties behind enemy lines in North Alabama and Tennessee. On March 11, 1865, they reorganized as a regiment with the 25th Alabama Cavalry Battalion under Milus E. "Bushwhacker" Johnston. On May 11, 1865, Lt. Colonel Johnston surrendered the combined command to Union Army Colonel William Given at Trough Springs. Heavy rains forced a move into Huntsville to complete the parole process. The springs are located one mile southeast on the Trough Springs Trail.
Erected 2006 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 43.283′ N, 86° 32.253′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Monte Sano Boulevard Southeast north of Castlegate Boulevard Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the South Monte Sano Trailhead. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burritt Museum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps
Trough Springs Marker (clockwise from top left) image. Click for full size.
By Cathie M. Mayne, August 27, 2006
2. Trough Springs Marker (clockwise from top left)
-Grand Opening of South Monte Sano Trailhead, August 27, 2006 with reps from Land Trust of North Alabama, Monte Sano State Park, and Burritt Museum
-Civil War officer and widow reenactors with UAB student Tyler Henderson who sang poignant "Last Waltz for Dixie"
-Land Trust manager Andy Prewett pulled drape from beautiful new historic marker
-Attendees hiked to Trough Springs after the ribbon cutting
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Hotel Monte Sano (approx. 1.5 miles away); Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano (approx. 1.6 miles away); Monte Sano Railway (approx. 2 miles away); Twickenham Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Maple Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of the Huntsville Slave Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
More about this marker. The marker is owned by the Land Trust of North Alabama. The Historic Trough Springs Trail was created by the Land Trust in partnership with the Monte Sano State Park and Burritt on the Mountain Museum.
Also see . . .  Trough Springs / South Monte Sano Trailhead, Land Trust of North Alabama. Alabama History Preserved: Hiking the Trough Springs Trail is a visit to an historic Madison County landmark. It is the site of the surrender of Lt. Col. “Bushwhacker” Johnston and 150 Confederate soldiers to Union troops one month after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. (Submitted on February 13, 2015.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Milus E. "Bushwhacker" Johnston image. Click for full size.
3. Milus E. "Bushwhacker" Johnston
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then and 218 times this year. Last updated on , by Cathie M Mayne of Huntsville, Alabama. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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