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Guntersville in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ravine Used For Protection Against Yankee Shelling

 
 
Ravine Used For Protection Against Yankee Shelling Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
1. Ravine Used For Protection Against Yankee Shelling Marker
Inscription. The first major attack on Guntersville during the Civil War occurred on the morning of Monday, July 28, 1862. The Federals had marched by night and had reached a hill on the north side of the Tennessee River and from this vantage point aimed their cannons at the small town of Guntersville.

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′ 
Area Of The Ravine image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
2. Area Of The Ravine
N, 86° 17.76′ W. Marker is in Guntersville, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker is on Gunter Avenue (U.S. 431), on the right when traveling south. 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. mile away); Events in Marshall County (approx. mile away); Section of Core (approx. 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. 7.5 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, USWar, US Civil
 
Gunter Avenue and Guntersville First UMC image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
3. Gunter Avenue and Guntersville First UMC
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,058 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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