Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
“A Hard Nut To Crack” - Federal Defenses at Decatur
“A Hard Nut To Crack”
—The Battle For Decatur —
The most prominent Federal garrisons in North Alabama were located at Stevenson, Bridgeport, Huntsville, and Decatur. The Federal garrison at Decatur consisted of 1,800 infantry and cavalry and 17 pieces of artillery, and was the only post south of the Tennessee River. At Decatur, substantial earthworks and two artillery forts extended in a 1,600 yard arc from river bank to river bank. Fort Number One was located on the southwestern corner of the works, and Fort Number Two was located on the southeastern corner. The area surrounding the breastworks had been cleared for 800-1,000 yards. At some points in front of the breastworks an abatis had been established, as described by Orderly Sergeant
You are at the center of where Fort Number Two stood 1864-1865.
Erected by City of Decatur. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 34° 36.746′ N, 86° 59.129′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Bank Street and Vine Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Bank Street. 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. “An Affair Most Important to Us” - The Federal Right, October 27-28, 1864 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old State Bank Building Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,249 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.