Guntersville in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Ravine Used For Protection Against Yankee Shelling
The Federals, led by Major J.W. Paramore of the Third Ohio Cavalry, included a regiment of Union Infantry, and a section of artillery with two 6 pounder Parrott guns.
At 6 a.m., when the Federals began shelling the town, many of its citizens fled to the deep ravine, which extended from the main street to present Blount Avenue. More than one hundred women and children huddled here against the slopes of the ravine for twelve hours until the shelling ended at 6 p.m.
While considerable damage was inflicted by the shelling, only two people were killed. One was Mrs. Evergreen Findley Rayburn, the wife of Samuel King Rayburn, who was the Confederate general in charge of militia for North Alabama and a later mayor of Guntersville.
The shelling incident was reported in John Allan Wyeth's book, With Sabre and Scalpel and the Chattanooga Daily Rebel newspaper.
Erected 2009 by Guntersville Historical Society.
Location. 34° 21.378′ Touch for map. Southbound on Gunter Avenue (Highway 79 / 431) just past Ringold Street on the right. Marker is in this post office area: Guntersville AL 35976, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of Foreign Wars Marshall County (approx. ¼ mile away); Events in Marshall County (approx. ¼ mile away); Section of Core (approx. ¼ mile away); John Gunter (approx. 0.6 miles away); History of Guntersville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Federal Troops Burn Guntersville During Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Celebration of 150 Years (approx. 7½ miles away); Pre-Civil War Cemetery (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guntersville.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • War, US Civil •
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