Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Union Troops Charge
The Main Assault of the Outer Works
—Battle of Selma —
The Lightening Brigade of the 2nd Division would spearhead the attack between Redoubts No. 13 - No. 16. Artillery covered all the approaches. At 5 p.m. General Long ordered the Second Division forward. "As Long's Second Division charged forward, bands of freed slaves who had joined the Federals during the march rushed ahead of the soldiers with axes and ignoring the hail of enemy bullets, chopped holes through the abatis and the palisade wall. Slowly the dismounted line of about fifteen hundred officers and men crested the ridge and moved at a walk toward the Confederate works six hundred yards away. As they closed with the rebels, Long's men broke into a run, cheered wildly, and fired their Spencer repeaters. These "repeaters" allowed Long's troops 7 times the fire power as their opponents. Confederate riflemen took their toll as the attackers were hindered by swampy ground and by the palisade. When the attackers reached the parapet, smoke enshrouded both sides and suddenly the defenders ceased fire, saving their fusillade for those who swung onto the wall. A brief moment of eerie silence hung over the battlefield, then bluecoats crossed the parapet and fire blazed again. Corporal John Booth of the 4th Ohio Cavalry, first to reach the works, was killed instantly. Soon after Sergeant John Morgan of the 123rd Illinois Infantry
- Grant's Cavalryman
Erected 2015 by the April 1865 Society.
Location. 32° 25.85′ N, 87° 1.944′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Summerfield Road and Highland Avenue (U.S. 80), on the right when traveling south on Summerfield Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 Highland Avenue, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redoubt No. 15 (approx. ¼ mile away); R.B. Hudson High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Interior Redoubt No. III (approx. one mile away); Defense of Selma Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Last Stronghold Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); White - Force Cottage (approx. 1.2 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.
Also see . . .
1. Video of Battle (QR Code from marker). (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Battle of Selma. (Submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on May 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.