Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Captain Benjamin F. Eddins
Retired due to ill health, he returned to lead the Home Guards, a militia made up of old men and young boys. While trying to render the covered bridge impassable to Federal troops on the night of April 3, 1865, he and 15-year-old John Carson were wounded in a skirmish with Croxton's Raiders. Later that evening, Mayor Obediah Berry and Catholic priest William McDonough surrendered the city on this site.
Carson was disabled for life. On April 10, 1865, Capt. Eddins became the only local citizen to die defending the city. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 33° 12.827′ N, 87° 34.351′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Greensboro Avenue north of 2nd Street (Jack Warner Parkway). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Black Warrior Riverwalk Park just east or upriver of the Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horace King (within shouting Burns’ Shoals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Navigation and Shipbuilding On The Black Warrior River (about 400 feet away); The Black Warrior River (about 600 feet away); Home Guard Defended Covered Bridge / Bridging The Black Warrior River (about 700 feet away); The M & O Railroad Trestle (approx. ¼ mile away); “The Indian Fires Are Going Out” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alabama Corps Of Cadets Defends Tuscaloosa (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
1. Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery is located at 9th Street and 27th Ave. SW.
— Submitted March 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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