Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
“Captain, We’ve Got It At Last” - The Charge of the 14th U.S. Colored Infantry
“A Hard Nut To Crack”
—The Battle For Decatur —
At precisely noon Morgan ordered the assault to begin. Captain Romeyn of Company B remembered: “…The order was at once given to charge, and with arms at the right shoulder 363 enlisted men and officers rushed to the assault. It required but little time to reach and go over the slight works, and driving off the artillerymen spike the guns and get the prolonges [ropes] down to haul them off. But before the guns could be moved the rebel infantry had charged, and after a hand-to-hand fight the colored soldiers abandoned the attempt and retired, bringing off their killed and wounded….” The fighting was intense, close, and personal. Colonel Morgan reported, “As Captain Rolph was retreating a rebel seized
Their mission successfully accomplished, having captured and disabled four Confederate cannon, the regiment fell back to Decatur’s fortifications. Captain Romeyn recalled that, “…on its return [as the regiment] re-entered the works surrounding the town, the white soldiers mounted the parapet and gave it three rousing cheers. I shall never forget the glad look of my first sergeant as, marching by my side, he turned his face to me and said ‘Captain, we’ve got it at last.’ Our victory was complete.”
Erected by City of Decatur. (Marker Number 9.)
Location. 34° 36.823′ N, 86° 58.794′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oak Street Northeast and Market Street Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Rhodes Ferry Park at the end of Oak Street Northeast. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Benson Field (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur First Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away); Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old State Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rising Sun Lodge No. 29 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.