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Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Streight's Raid

Streight's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Streight's Raid Marker
Inscription.  On 26 Apr 1863, a Union raiding party of 1500 including the 51st and 73rd IN, 3rd OH, 18th IL, and local men from two companies of the 1st AL Calvary left Tuscumbia for Russellville. Led by Col. Abel Streight, their objective was to cut Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's railroad supply lines at Rome, GA. As a diversion, Gen. G.M. Dodge with some 8000 Union troops moved into northern Lawrence County to occupy the attention of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. While Dodge distracted Forrest, Streight marched from Russellville to Mt. Hope on 27 Apr. As Dodge retreated toward Corinth, MS, Forrest was informed of Streight's movements. The next day, Streight confiscated some 200 mules and horses before arriving in Moulton after sunset. Leaving Moulton 1:00 a.m. on 29 Apr, the raiders rode along this old road. At the same time, Forrest began to pursue Streight. The next morning at Day's Gap, Forrest engaged and fought to the mountaintop where Streight laid an ambush. Losing some 40 men in this ambush, Moulton native Col. Phillip Roddy of the 4th AL was ordered to Decatur. After a series of skirmishes, facing dwindling supplies, and believing his forces outnumbered,
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Streight surrendered to Forrest's 500 men on 3 May 1863, in Cherokee County, AL a few miles from Rome, GA.
Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1863.
Location. 34° 26.479′ N, 87° 10.734′ W. Marker is in Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Located in Oakville Indian Park at entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creek Indian Removal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oakville Indian Mound (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Council House Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Doublehead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town of Oakville (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Indians (approx. 0.3 miles away); Copena Burial Mound (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakville.
Also see . . .  Streight's Raid from Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,832 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jun. 24, 2021