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Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama

 
 
Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
1. Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama Marker
Inscription.  With orders from Gen. Sherman, Gen. Lovell Rousseau left Decatur with 2,700 cavalry, beginning his raid into East-Central Alabama. That raid ended successfully in Opelika July 19, 1864, after miles of track were destroyed along with other railroad equipment, two depots, and several warehouses brimming with supplies for Confederate forces defending Atlanta. They then turned northeast to join Sherman's Army advancing towards Atlanta.
 
Erected 2000 by the Opelika Historic Preservation Society and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 19, 1993.
 
Location. 32° 38.889′ N, 85° 22.757′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street and South Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 South Railroad Avenue, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Opelika A Railroad Town/Opelika An Industrial City (within shouting distance of this marker);
Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
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South Railroad Avenue (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Avenue Historic District (about 500 feet away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Lee County World War II Honor Roll (about 600 feet away); Pepperell Manufacturing Company (about 600 feet away); Lynching in America / Lynching in Lee County (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
 
Train Tracks & Crossing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
3. Train Tracks & Crossing
Maj. Gen. Lovell Harrison Rousseau image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
4. Maj. Gen. Lovell Harrison Rousseau
Library of Congress [LC-B813- 6440 A]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 29, 2022