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

Sgt Robert Weakley Patton

Born 1844 - Died 1865

 

—Battle of Selma —

 
Sgt Robert Weakley Patton Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 12, 2015
1. Sgt Robert Weakley Patton Marker (Front)
Inscription. Patton, a member of Shockley's Escort Company of the University of Alabama, was killed in a clash with the 4th Iowa Cavalry at the corner of Washington Street and Alabama Avenue. In November 1865 his father, Robert Miller Patton, was elected the 20th Governor of Alabama.

Shockley's Cadets: In 1864, there were 296 students at the University and they formed the "Corps of Cadets." While attempts were made to keep to the usual academic courses then taught, the University was also a military camp of instruction. Branscom T. Shockley and Henry McKenzie Burt were nineteen year-old students at the University of Alabama in March 1864. They secretly worked together to enroll enough Cadets from the University to form a Cavalry company for the Confederate Army with the understanding that the volunteers would remain students until the term ended in July 1864. It was important Shockley and Burt keep their plans from the faculty, as they would have viewed it as insubordination.

Over one hundred students joined Shockley and Burt forming Shockley's Independent Escort. According to records, the company lost 2 killed, 4 wounded and 5 captured in the Battle of Selma. These cadets served under Brig. Gen. Daniel W. Adams until they were surrendered with Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on May 10, 1865, at Gainesville, Alabama.
 
Erected
Marker (Rear) - Map of Battle of Selma image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 12, 2015
2. Marker (Rear) - Map of Battle of Selma
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.
2014 by the 1865 Society.
 
Location. 32° 24.491′ N, 87° 1.125′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Alabama Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Alabama Avenue, Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sleeping Prophet (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James Hotel (about 500 feet away); This Tablet Commemorates the Visit of Lafayette (about 500 feet away); Water Avenue (about 600 feet away); The Selma Movement (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965 (about 700 feet away); Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940 (about 700 feet away); Burning of Downtown (about 700 feet 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 . . .
1. Shockley's Escort Company: Cadets from the University of Alabama
Marker looking northerly on Washington Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 12, 2015
3. Marker looking northerly on Washington Street.
. (Submitted on February 12, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Montgomery Advertiser Article on marker being installed. (Submitted on February 12, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. http://marker.battleofselma.com/marker5.html (QR Code on Marker). (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EducationPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Looking southerly down Washington Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 12, 2015
4. Looking southerly down Washington Street.
Looking westerly on Alabama Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 12, 2015
5. Looking westerly on Alabama Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on May 22, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 12, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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