Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Selma Army Arsenal
—Battle of Selma —
"April 6th. ...the rattle of exploding rifle and musket cartridges was deafening; we have not heard such a constant roar since the Battle of Chickamauga. The negroes had been cautioned to get all the artillery shells out, but in half an hour they began to explode, throwing fire and old iron 1,000 feet high. This made every fellow hunt his hole and crawl into it, too. The scene was hideous and unearthly beyond anything we had ever imagined. The explosions continued for three hours, much louder than any we had ever heard, and of sufficient violence to shake the earth for miles around, making the whole city a perfect pandemonium. What must have been the humiliation of Gens. Forrest and Taylor as they heard these tell-tale explosions and saw the fiery serpent of flame writhing in the sky over Selma, the
Erected 2015 by the April 1865 Society.
Location. 32° 24.359′ N, 87° 1.289′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Arsenal Place, on the right when traveling south on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Church Street, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arsenal Place (a few steps from this marker); Ecor Bienville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieutenant John Tillman Melvin (about 500 feet away); Edmund Winston Pettus House Site (about 500 feet away); Burning of Downtown (about 600 feet away); The Sleeping Prophet (about 700 feet away); 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965 (about 800 feet away); Edmund Pettus Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Regarding Selma Army Arsenal. One of a newer interactive marker that includes QR codes that allow you to use your smartphone to see additional photos and stories.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Video about the arsenal (QR Code from marker). (Submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Video of the destruction of property (QR Code from marker). (Submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.