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Stevenson in Jackson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Union Army Headquarters

 
 
Union Army Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 1, 2011
1. Union Army Headquarters Marker
Inscription.
Stevenson was a major supply station and staging ground for decisive campaigns and battles of the Civil War. This small house, called "The Little Brick," was alive with activity when General William S. Rosecrans relocated his command here on August 18, 1863. Over the next three weeks, an air of urgency surrounded Stevenson and this house as Rosecrans planned the Union attack on Confederate General Braxton Bragg at Chattanooga.

While headquartered at The Little Brick, Rosecrans and his staff planned the federal army's pontoon bridge crossing of the Tennessee River; telegraphed requests for additional locomotives; dispatched reconnaissance missions; ordered shipments of food, mules, weapons and other supplies; and attended to many other plans for attack. Rosecrans was joined here by, among others, General James A. Garfield and General Ulysses S. Grant, both future Presidents of the United States. General William T. Sherman is known to have been nearby and may have visited here, too.

After the war ended, The Little Brick returned to a quieter, more peaceful role in Stevenson's life, becoming a favorite abode of newlyweds, even into the mid-20th Century.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 7/12/1978

 
Erected 1978 by Alabama Historical
Union Army Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 1, 2011
2. Union Army Headquarters Marker
Commission.
 
Location. 34° 52.418′ N, 85° 50.161′ W. Marker is in Stevenson, Alabama, in Jackson County. Marker is on Myrtle Place north of College Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stevenson AL 35772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stevenson Depot and Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Fort Harker (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crow Town (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rocky Springs Church of Christ (approx. 7.4 miles away); Bridgeport (approx. 8 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 9.5 miles away); Birthplace of Jobyna Lancaster Ralston-Arlen (approx. 12.1 miles away in Tennessee); James Thomas Fitz-Gerald, Jr. (approx. 12.1 miles away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in Stevenson.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Army Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 1, 2011
3. Union Army Headquarters Marker
Today the site of The Little Brick is surrounded by a fence (yellow lines). The house is gone but bricks to the house remain on site. The Marker can be seen in the distance (green arrow).
Remains of "The Little Brick" image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 1, 2011
4. Remains of "The Little Brick"
Bricks inside the fence where "The Little Brick" once stood.
William S. Rosecrans image. Click for full size.
5. William S. Rosecrans
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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