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Near Guntersville in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Federal Attack at Red Hill

 
 
Federal Attack at Red Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 18, 2022
1. Federal Attack at Red Hill Marker
Inscription.  On January 15, 1865 an early morning clash occurred here on the Thomas Noble farm between Federal forces led by col. William J. Palmer’s 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry of 180 men and Confederate Gen. Hylon B. Lyon’s 250 men from two Kentucky cavalry brigades of the 3rd, 7th, 12th, 16th , and Sypert’s regiments.

Over 100 Confederates were taken prisoners, including Gen. Lyon, who managed to escape by shooting Federal Sgt. Arthur Peace Lyon (no relation) and escaping out a back window.

In retaliation for the death of Sgt. Lyon, a popular Federal soldier, the Yankees burned most of the plantations and other farms as they marched north along Brown’s Valley to the Tennessee River. Later that day Federal gunboats Grant, Sherman, and Burnside put marines ashore and burned most of the buildings in the Fort Deposit area, including several stores and the Methodist church. The Fennell house was spared because the Fennell family was preparing meals for the Yankee soldiers. At noon the same boats were dispatched to burn the town of Guntersville where all but seven buildings were laid to ashes.

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Confederates were taken to the Federal prison at Camp Chase Ohio. Many died of illness, starvation and exposure due to the harsh winter weather, Col. Palmer received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the attack at Red Hill.
 
Erected 2015 by Guntersville Historical Society and the Marshall County Civil War Roundtable.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 15, 1865.
 
Location. 34° 14.798′ N, 86° 25.769′ W. Marker is near Guntersville, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker is on Warrenton Road (County Route 14) north of Strickland Lane, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guntersville AL 35976, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fry Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bodine Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Brashier's Chapel Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Shoal Creek Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Stephen Tuttle Thompson (approx. 6.2 miles away); Farmer's Exchange (approx. 6.2 miles away); 1883 Methodist Church Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away); First Arab High School / First Arab Auditorium (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Federal Attack at Red Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 18, 2022
2. Federal Attack at Red Hill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2022, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2022, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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