Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Columbus
At 8:00 P.M. Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, Federal forces, trying to secure the crossing of the Chattahoochee River, attacked strong defences near Columbus, Georgia. In the face of heavy musketry and artillery fire, the Federals penetrated the Confederate lines, occupied Columbus, and took 1200 prisoners
Military Division of the
Bvt. Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson,
3rd Iowa Cavalry
4th Iowa Cavalry
10th Missouri Cavalry
1st Ohio Calvary
5th Iowa Cavalry
Battery I, 4th U.S. Artillery
under authority of
an act of Congress
the Historical Society of
April 10th, 1936
Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb,
Georgia Reserves and
Military District of Georgia
District of Alabama
Department of Alabama
Mississippi and East Louisiana
20th Louisiana Infantry
Erected 1938 by Historical Society of Columbus, Georgia.
Location. Touch for map. Located at the northernmost end of Broadway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14th Street, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Parker Swift I (within shouting distance of this marker); General Benning (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Women’s Riot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haiman's Sword Factory (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Robert Winship Woodruff (approx. 0.2 miles away); High Uptown Historic District / Garrett-Bullock-Delay House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ernest Woodruff / Robert Winship Woodruff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philip Thomas Schley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Regarding Battle of Columbus. The Battle of Columbus - also called the Battle of Girard - was the last major land battle of the War Between the States. It took place in Phenix City, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia, on April 16, 1865.
Although there was an encounter later at Palmito Ranch, Texas, and fighting even later in Alabama (Spanish Fort), the attack on Columbus, Georgia, was the last large-scale battle of the war. It is studied by military officers to this day as a classic example of the confusion caused by night-time fighting.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Columbus (1865). (Submitted on February 8, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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