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Decatur in Newton County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Sherman at Decatur

Sherman at Decatur Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jeff Lovorn, December 1, 2011
1. Sherman at Decatur Marker
Inscription.  During the Meridian Expedition, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman ordered the XVI Corps to move east while he waited with one infantry regiment at Decatur Crossroads. As Sherman retired for the night, the regiment mistakenly left him unguarded. Seeing an isolated wagon train but unaware of Sherman's presence, Confederate cavalry suddenly attacked, and the house where Sherman was quartered was surrounded. Rescued by the timely return of the 25th Wisconsin Infantry, Sherman narrowly escaped capture.
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list.
Location. 32° 26.291′ N, 89° 6.399′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Mississippi, in Newton County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 15 and 7th Street, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 15. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur MS 39327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10
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miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Medgar Evers (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beulah Hubbard School (approx. 6.3 miles away); Doolittle C.S.A. Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); McElroy-Hoye House (approx. 8.7 miles away); Newton County Blues (approx. 8.8 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 8.8 miles away); Confederate Hospital (approx. 8.8 miles away); Boler's Inn (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2011, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 70 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 31, 2011, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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