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Phenix City in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
1. Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge Marker
Inscription. Early in the afternoon of April 16, 1865 the first major act in the Battle of Girard-Columbus took place. Union General Emory Upton sent the First Ohio cavalry charging down old Crawford Road to capture the Dillingham Bridge, then known as the lower or wagon bridge. Confederates on the Georgia side had prepared for the Union tactic by removing the bridge's flooring and placing turpentine-soaked cotton along the length of its superstructure. Confederate Colonel C. C. McGehee crawled out on the wooden framework and set it ablaze. When they saw the bridge burst into flame, the First Ohio broke off its all-out charge.
 
Erected 2004 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 32° 27.806′ N, 84° 59.961′ W. Marker is in Phenix City, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of Dillingham Street and Brickyard Road, on the left when traveling east on Dillingham Street. Touch for map. At the western foot of the Dillingham Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Dillingham Street, Phenix City AL 36867, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. POW ✯ MIA Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horace King
Dillingham Bridge today. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
2. Dillingham Bridge today.
(about 500 feet away); Coweta and Northeastern Russell County: (about 500 feet away); "Emperor" Brims, Mary Musgrove and Chief William McIntosh (about 500 feet away); Coweta: Center for International Diplomacy (about 500 feet away); The Creek Town of Coweta (about 500 feet away); Six Indians Hanged (about 500 feet away); River Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phenix City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
 
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 556 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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