Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Decatur
The Battle of Decatur, Oct. 26-29, 1864, was the result of Confederate Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's effort to move his army across the Tennessee River and into central Tennessee in an attempt to reclaim Nashville. The engagement occurred as part of the larger Franklin-Nashville Campaign. The Union garrison at Decatur, commanded by U.S. Brig. Gen. Robert S. Granger, prevented Hood from crossing and forced him to move his army westward and eventually cross the river at Tuscumbia some 40 miles away. Ultimately the engagement here would delay Hood's crossing of the Tennessee River and contribute to his failure in December to retake Nashville for the Confederacy. A lack of provisions for his starving army and stiff resistance put forth by Granger's garrison, combined with the arrival of two Union gunboats, convinced Hood and his superior, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, who had arrived on the scene the night of Oct. 27, that further action against Decatur would be foolhardy. During the engagement, the South suffered approx. 450 casualties, whereas the Union lost 155 men.
Erected 2015 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 36.842′ N, 86° 59.008′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 925 Bank Street NE, Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (a few steps from this marker); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (a few steps from this marker); Old State Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); First Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (about 500 feet away); Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829) (about 500 feet away); “An Affair Most Important to Us” - The Federal Right, October 27-28, 1864 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
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