Phenix City in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Before The Battle / Battle Of Girard
Before The Battle
All day that Easter Sunday the Confederate forces commanded by Col. Leon von Zinken awaited the Union Army they knew was on the way from Tuskegee. Lacking the men needed to hold it, they were forced to leave the line they had prepared on the hills to the west and man an inner line from the mouth of Holland Creek northward through this position. Left undefended, the Dillingham Street bridge was packed with oil-soaked cotton waste and burned about 2 o’clock when the Federal vanguard attacked it. Failing in their effort the raiders withdrew behind the hills until they attacked again after dark.
Battle Of Girard
The decisive action in the last battle of the War Between the States occurred here at the center of the Confederate defensive line. At 8 p.m. on April 16, 1865 Union forces led by Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson charged in the darkness from the hills to the west. They broke through the defense and pushed on to the wooden covered bridge across the river. The Confederates, believing they had been cut off by the Federals, made a wild dash for the bridge also. There was utter chaos as both armies, in pitch darkness, jammed the narrow structure with men, horses and wagons. In the dark, friend and foe were indistinguishable.
Location. 32° 28.355′ N, 84° 59.987′ W. Marker is in Phenix City, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street and 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 14th Street. Touch for map. Located on the east lawn of the Russell County Judicial Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 14th Street, Phenix City AL 36867, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red Hill Batteries (within shouting distance of this marker); Albert Love Patterson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ancient Fisheries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle & Phenix Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia); George Parker Swift I (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia); Battle of Columbus (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia); The Tie-Snake (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Women’s Riot (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phenix City.
Regarding Before The Battle / Battle Of Girard. The Battle of Girard is considered to be the last major battle of the Civil War. Markers throughout Phenix City tell the story of the battle including the difficulties of fighting a night battle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.