Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Redoubt No. 15
1st Mississippi Cavalry
—Battle of Selma —
Redoubt No. 15 located just to the west of Summerfield Road was defended by Colonel Pinson's 1st Mississippi Cavalry Regiment of Anderson's Brigade. Their 400 men held positions on the west side of the road and the rest of Armstrong's present; Ballentine's 7th Mississippi Cavalry, and Dillon's 2nd Mississippi Cavalry held the east of the road. These 1,000 men, Forrest's veterans, would bear the brunt of Long's attack.
"Ballentine's regiment was in the works on the right of the road... none of us thought the enemy would assault the works, exposed as they would be in an open field for some hundreds of yards... While we were all looking – the sun was nearly down – long, dark line of men appeared on the brow of the ridge; they moved slowly forward for a while, and then broke into a cheer and charge... I could not restrain the men near me, they began firing too soon. But as the enemy came nearer I could plainly see the deadly effects of our fire, though it did not check the enemy... Stepping on the banquette at the base of the parapet, I fired my Tranter five times into the struggling mass, and had commenced to reload when I heard wild cheering to the right. I knew that all was lost. I could see the enemy pouring over the works to the right, not a hundred yards away, and the mounted column fast approaching."
Map of the City of Selma, showing battle lines.
Erected 2015 by the April 1865 Society.
Location. 32° 25.651′ N, 87° 1.908′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Summerfield Road and Battery Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Summerfield Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 Battery Avenue, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. R.B. Hudson High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Last Stronghold Falls (approx. 0.9 miles away); White - Force Cottage (approx. one mile away); John Tyler Morgan House (approx. one mile away); Sturdivant Hall (approx. one mile away); Defense of Selma Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
More about this marker. One of a newer interactive marker that includes QR codes that allow you to use your smartphone to see additional photos and stories.
Also see . . . Battle of Selma. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.