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Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Last Stronghold Falls

Alabama & Mississippi Railroad Depot

 

—Battle of Selma —

 
Last Stronghold Falls Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 26, 2015
1. Last Stronghold Falls Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Hardie's Reserve Cavalry Battalion, about 500 strong were ordered to Selma from Talladega. They were placed along the railroad track to the right and Left of the Depot. This makeshift defensive line was made of the railroad bed, the Depot, cotton bales and other buildings. With the fall of the Interior Redoubt III to the west and General Upton's forces crossing the railroad track to the East. Major Hardie's Battalion was flanked on both sides. About 7 pm Major Greeno and troopers of the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry captured the Depot.
"Upon my arrival there I reported to Gen'l Bedford Forrest in person and was ordered to leave my horses in Weaver's Grove and place my men as a second line of defense at what is now know as the So. Railway depot on Broad Street. ...We did not have long to wait for very soon the front line of defense was broken and the enemy came pouring over and for a while we were kept busy. Capt. John Donahoo was killed at this point. I soon saw our lines were broken on our right and the enemy came pouring in through the Range Line Road, so I undertook to take my Command out of the City, but finding it impossible to do so, I told each man to look out for himself... I went down to the Gee Hotel and surrendered and was sent to Watts Hall (now Sturdivant Hall) where many prisoners were congregated..."
Major
Last Stronghold Falls Marker (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 26, 2015
2. Last Stronghold Falls Marker (Rear)
Map of the City of Selma and its Defenses. Captured by assault by the Cavalry Corps., M.D.M., April 2d, 1865. Bvt Maj. Gen. J.H. Wilson, Com'd'g. Surveyed and drawn by Capt. H.E. Noyes, 2d U.S. Cavalry, A.D.C.
Joseph Hardie, Hardie's Reserve Cavalry Battalion
 
Erected 2015 by the April 1865 Society.
 
Location. 32° 24.959′ N, 87° 1.456′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (Business U.S. 80) and Voeglin Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Broad Street. Touch for map. Located just south of the railroad tracks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1007 Broad Street, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); John Tyler Morgan House (approx. ¼ mile away); Ware - Baker - Jones House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Temple Mishkan Israel (approx. ¼ mile away); Mabry - Jones Home (approx. ¼ mile away); White - Force Cottage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sturdivant Hall (approx. 0.3 miles 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.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
The view south down Broad Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 26, 2015
3. The view south down Broad Street.

 
Also see . . .  Wilson's Raid Overview (QR Code from marker). (Submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View north on Broad Street at railroad crossing. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 26, 2015
4. View north on Broad Street at railroad crossing.
 
 
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 399 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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