Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River
“A Hard Nut To Crack”
—The Battle For Decatur —
The pontoon bridge that crossed the Tennessee River into Decatur served as the logistical lifeline to the Federal garrison- all food, ammunition, medical supplies, mail, and reinforcements had to cross this bridge. Capture of this bridge, intact, would offer Hood an easy route into Middle Tennessee and Nashville.
Once Hood appeared at Decatur, Granger ordered forward regiments from throughout North Alabama and Tennessee to reinforce the garrison. Among these regiments was the 14th United States Colored Infantry. Raised in 1863 at Gallatin, Tennessee, the 14th USCI consisted primarily of freed slaves from the Middle Tennessee area. The Adjutant of the 102nd Ohio Infantry,
Under cover of the morning fog of October 28 Hood placed artillery on high ground east of the pontoon bridge. He hoped that placing effective artillery fire on the pontoon bridge would force the Union garrison to surrender.
Erected by City of Decatur. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 34° 36.893′ N, 86° 59.021′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilson Street Northwest (U.S. 72) and Raiload Street, on the right when traveling west on Wilson Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Old State Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (about 300 feet away); Rising Sun Lodge No. 29 (about 300 feet away); Battle of Decatur (about 300 feet away); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (about 300 feet away); Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,028 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.