Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Major Hiram Solon Hanchett
16th Illinois Cavalry - U.S. Volunteers
He was then moved to the dungeon of the county jail, located on First North Street. In March the other Union Soldiers were sent to a parole camp in Vicksburg. Hanchett was detained because the post commandant, Lt. Col. Sam Jones believed he was a spy.
In April when Federal soldiers attacked nearby Selma, the post commandant fled Cahaba, and the citizens of Cahaba freed Major Hanchett. Reputedly, Confederate soldiers under orders from Lt. Col. Jones returned to Cahaba, seized Hanchett while he was eating breakfast, took him from the town, and murdered him.
Location. 32° 18.984′ N, 87° 5.76′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from Capitol Avenue near Vine Street. Touch for map. In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue. About 100 yards southeast of the Cahaba First State Capital stone marker. Marker is in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Prison Chimney? (here, next to this marker); Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes Civil War Prison (here, next to this marker); Captive Boys in Blue (within shouting distance of this marker); Cahawba - circa 1500 (within shouting distance of this marker); Footprint of a Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vine Street (about 400 feet away); Commissary - R.R. Depot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
More about this marker. Marker located on the North side of the Chimney.
Also see . . . Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,677 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 23, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 2. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.