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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Decatur, Alabama

Clickable Map of Limestone County, Alabama and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Limestone County, AL (90) Lauderdale County, AL (238) Lawrence County, AL (58) Madison County, AL (210) Morgan County, AL (80) Giles County, TN (73) Lincoln County, TN (55)  LimestoneCounty(90) Limestone County (90)  LauderdaleCounty(238) Lauderdale County (238)  LawrenceCounty(58) Lawrence County (58)  MadisonCounty(210) Madison County (210)  MorganCounty(80) Morgan County (80)  GilesCountyTennessee(73) Giles County (73)  LincolnCounty(55) Lincoln County (55)
Athens is the county seat for Limestone County
Decatur is in Limestone County
      Limestone County (90)  
      Lauderdale County (238)  
      Lawrence County (58)  
      Madison County (210)  
      Morgan County (80)  
      Giles County, Tennessee (73)  
      Lincoln County, Tennessee (55)  
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1 Alabama, Limestone County, Decatur — Southeast Air Forces Training Center(Pryor Field)
The Southeast Air Forces Training Center operated by Southern Aviation Training School, also known as Pryor Field, was constructed in 1941. These two aircraft hangars and beacon tower are the remaining artifacts of one of only a few World War II . . . Map (db m85425) HM
2 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — "Scottsboro Boys" Case Landmark Decisions
A series of racially charged trials where nine African American males ages 13 to 20 were falsely accused of raping two white women on a freight train in Alabama produced a pair of landmark civil rights decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in the . . . Map (db m154233) HM
3 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 2 — “A Hard Nut To Crack” - Federal Defenses at Decatur“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
Decatur played a key role in the Federal defenses of the vital rail lines in North Alabama. These defenses were configured in a three-tiered system. First, a number of lightly armored gunboats, constructed on the Tennessee River and nicknamed . . . Map (db m86476) HM
4 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 6 — “a place of importance” - Union Leadership at Decatur“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
The Decatur crossing of the Tennessee River was used extensively by Union forces. In the Fall of 1863, elements of Major General William T. Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee passed through Decatur on their way from Vicksburg to Chattanooga. Union . . . Map (db m86477) HM
5 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 4 — “An Affair Most Important to Us” - The Federal Right, October 27-28, 1864“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
As Hood’s Army of Tennessee encircled Decatur, sharpshooters advanced upon the Union defenses. Colonel Doolittle’s men responded with heavy artillery and musket fire. During the early afternoon of October 27, the Confederates approached the Federal . . . Map (db m28241) HM
6 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 9 — “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 —
As sharpshooting and artillery fire continued throughout the morning of October 28, Granger and Doolittle determined to launch an attack upon the Confederate battery at the edge of the Tennessee River, whose fire threatened the critical pontoon . . . Map (db m86478) HM
7 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — A County Older Than The State, Morgan County
Alabama Territorial Legislature created this county in 1818 from lands ceded by Cherokee Indians in 1816. County first named Cotaco, for large creek in county. Named Morgan County in 1821 for Maj. Gen. Daniel Morgan, . . . Map (db m27759) HM
8 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — African American Heritage in Old Town Decatur, Alabama
Old Town played a vital part in the city's history. The first lot sold in 1821 before the city incorporated in 1826. During Reconstruction, the neighborhood emerged politically, economically and educationally. Many prominent African American . . . Map (db m154237) HM
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9 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Albany1887
On Jan. 11, 1887, the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace Company, Inc. was formed under the leadership of E. C. Gordon, C.C. Harris and W.W. Littlejohn. With a capital investment of $7,500,000, the company purchased 5600 acres of land, including . . . Map (db m86479) HM
10 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Albany1887
On Jan. 11, 1887, the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace Company, Inc. was formed under the leadership of E. C. Gordon, C.C. Harris and W.W. Littlejohn. With a capital investment of $7,500,000, the company purchased 5600 acres of land, including . . . Map (db m176965) HM
11 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Battle of Decatur
The Battle of Decatur, Oct. 26-29, 1864, was the result of Confederate Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's effort to move his army across the Tennessee River and into central Tennessee in an attempt to reclaim Nashville. The engagement occurred as part of . . . Map (db m91145) HM
12 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Beauty and HopeRestoring the Vision...Preserving The Legacy
"This section lying between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue will provide the central beautification theme as it will evolve into a beautiful elevated rose garden with 2,000 selected roses planted at vantage points... the color ensemble, when . . . Map (db m86480) HM
13 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 6 — Burleson House (circa 1836)"A Hard Nut to Crack" — The Battle For Decatur —
This Greek Revival mansion belonged to Dr. Aaron Adair Burleson and his wife, Janet, during the Civil War. Part of an original 778-acre land grant, the brick home covered by Flemish bond, features 18-inch thick walls and contains one of the . . . Map (db m28245) HM
14 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Carolyn Cortner SmithFemale Architect Pioneer / Designed Delano Park Structures
Born in 1894 in Normandy, Tennessee, Carolyn Cortner was raised in the Courtland area of Lawrence County, Alabama. She attended Ward-Belmont College in Tennessee. She married Wilburn Smith in 1912. She did not attend formal architecture school . . . Map (db m27814) HM
15 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Carver Elementary School
When classes began on this site in the late 1800s, the teaching staff of the East End Public School (also known as the Gibb Street School) consisted of Professor T. A. Frierson and his wife, Anna B. Frierson. At the time, it was the only school . . . Map (db m158179) HM
16 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Cherokee Trail Of Tears
Of the various detachments that removed the Cherokee People from their home lands in the southeastern United States, three of them landed in Decatur at what became Rhodes Ferry Park. Due to the difficulty of navigating the Muscle Shoals portion of . . . Map (db m140846) HM
17 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 8 — Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
You are facing the site of the McCartney Hotel, where Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston established his headquarters while reorganizing the Confederate Army of the West in March, 1862. Johnston spent almost two weeks here after he was . . . Map (db m28263) HM
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18 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 5 — Dancy-Polk House (circa 1829)“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
The oldest home in Decatur still standing, this Early Classical Revival mansion was built by Frank Dancy and was a private residence until 1872, when it became a boarding house and hotel. During the Civil War, the home belonged to Dancy’s daughter, . . . Map (db m28243) HM
19 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 1 — Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
Decatur had close to 800 residents in 1860, not many more than the 606 persons counted in the 1850 census. Included in the 1860 census were 267 white males, 206 white females, three free blacks including two males and one female, and 130 slaves of . . . Map (db m28209) HM
20 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Decatur Vietnam War Monument
This Monument is dedicated in memory of Decatur born men who fought & died in the Vietnam War. Roger Pinkey Crow Dec 12 1948- Sept 30, 1970 • Billy Wayne Carp March 13, 1947- Sept 10, 1969 • Tommy L Nighola's March 2, 1944 - Feb 23, 1966 . . . Map (db m154234) WM
21 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Fight For SurvivalRhodes Ferry Park — Trail of Tears National Historic Trail —
The Cherokee people resisted the government's order to leave the Tennessee Valley. They signed petitions and lobbied Congress. Yet the Indian Removal Act of 1830 still passed. In March 1837, the first detachment—a group of Cherokee families, slaves, . . . Map (db m140851) HM
22 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — First Missionary Baptist Church
Led by first pastor Alfred Peters, 21 members organized this church on April 22, 1866, in the home of Sister Jane Young. Services were first held in a storefront building on the banks of the Tennessee River. In 1873 First Missionary purchased a . . . Map (db m27765) HM
23 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — First Presbyterian Church (USA)
This church was formed in 1853 by the Tuscumbia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. The first building, located on the southeast corner of Bank and Church streets in Decatur, was a single story, plastered and . . . Map (db m154236) HM
24 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — First RailroadWest of Allegheny Mountains - Tuscumbia, Courtland & Decatur RR.
Built 1833 to by-pass shoals in Tenn. River. Absorbed by Memphis & Charleston And by Southern Rwy. in 1898.Map (db m27761) HM
25 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — First United Methodist Church“Growing in Christ, Sharing God’s Love”
Front: The historic First United Methodist Church is the oldest continually meeting congregation in Decatur and the only downtown church still worshiping in its nineteenth century sanctuary. Circuit riders served local Methodists from . . . Map (db m102816) HM
26 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Gen. Jos. Wheeler
For whom this lake in Tennessee River is named lived 1836-1906. His home 16 miles west. Lt. Gen. in Confederate Army 1864-5. Maj. Gen. U. S. Army 1898. Named by Alabama to Hall of Fame, Washington, 1922.Map (db m27760) HM
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27 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Health and Civic WelfareRestoring the Vision ... Preserving the Legacy
"The opportunies which were at hand in the development of the river and the region were being seized upon by our people with renewed courage and confidence. We now know that we couldn't be licked again, that what had been preached to us by TVA was . . . Map (db m86505) HM
28 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Historic Downtown/Founders Park
Public Buildings 1. Public City Hall 2. Decatur Police Station 3. Decatur/Morgan Co. Chamber of Comm. 4. Decatur Public Library 5. Federal Bldg./Post Office 6. Morgan County Archives 7. Morgan County Courthouse 8. Morgan . . . Map (db m103228) HM
29 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 1 — Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle for Decatur —
Following the fall of Atlanta on September 2, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood, Commander of the Army of Tennessee, began a series of maneuvers against the Union line of supply running from Atlanta through Northwest Georgia, North Alabama, . . . Map (db m28208) HM
30 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Ingalls Shipyard
Ingalls Iron Works was established in 1910, by Robert Ingalls, in Titusville Alabama. It became the largest steel company in the region. Looking for new opportunities for the steel his company fabricated, Ingalls opened Ingalls Shipyard in 1937 to . . . Map (db m86507)
31 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — King's Memorial United Methodist Church
King's Memorial United Methodist Church, formerly St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, evolved out of the Decatur First Methodist Episcopal Church. founded in 1827. In 1854, Richard Rather, Charity Barnes Rather, and Robert Murphy led the church's . . . Map (db m154238) HM
32 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Korean War — 1950-1953 —
In Memory of those who died for our country in the Korean War 1950-1953 Otis F. Alford, Claud Greene, Jr., Thomas C. Hendrix, Paul Gentra Holloway, Richard D. McGhee, Olen ParkerMap (db m48191) WM
33 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Lest We Forget
Beneath this hallowed ground lay the remains of fifty-five Confederate soldiers. They gave their lives to establish southern independence, protect their homes, and preserve state's rights. These original headstones were placed in May 1903 by the Joe . . . Map (db m86509) HM
34 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Morgan County Confederate Memorial
Lest we forget This monument is erected to the memory of those who offered their lives for a just cause, the defense of states rights Confederate SoldiersMap (db m164879) WM
35 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Morgan County World War II Memorial
[Center] 1941 World War II 1945 Erected in memory of those from Morgan County who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II [Left wing] Forever Honored Alford, George • Ayers, Thomas P. • Bartlett, . . . Map (db m154235) WM
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36 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Old Decatur Historic District / Historic Depot
The Old Decatur Historic District dates Back to the town's settlement in 1817; at that time it was called Rhodes Ferry Landing after Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry across the Tennessee River. In 1820, President . . . Map (db m103229) HM
37 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Old Decatur Historic District / Old State Bank
The Old Decatur Historic District dates Back to the Town's settlement in 1817; at that time it was called Rhodes Ferry Landing after Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry across the Tennessee River. In 1820, President . . . Map (db m103225) HM WM
38 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Old State Bank Building
Erected 1833, Cost $9,482. Classic Revival design. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Decatur Branch, Bank of The State of Alabama. Chartered 1832 by state legislature, profitable until 1837, charter revoked 1842 and closed. 1842-1901 . . . Map (db m27762) HM
39 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Old Town Historic District
The Vine Street Business District, located in Old Town, once played a vital part of the city's history. After the Civil War, the neighborhood emerged politically, economically and educationally. Many prominent African American citizens resided . . . Map (db m154243) HM
40 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Our HistoryU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge —
1838 Trail of Tears: The discovery of gold in Georgia and thirst for land expansion prompted the U.S. Government and white communities to force the Cherokee nation from their ancestral lands. During the summer and winter of 1838, the first . . . Map (db m113290) HM
41 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Packed with PeopleRhodes Ferry Park — Trail of Tears National Historic Trail —
On this river in front of you, 2,300 Cherokee people arrived in waves, forced from their Tennessee Valley homeland in 1837 to 1838. The steamer Knoxville towed flat boats loaded with Cherokee families. Heavy rains soaked their clothes. Cold . . . Map (db m140855) HM
42 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Recreation and RefreshmentRestoring the Vision ... Preserving the Legacy
"We are definitely in an era of building; the best kind of buildings - the building of great projects for the benefit of the public and with the definite objectives of building human happiness". Franklin Delano Roosevelt Delano park was . . . Map (db m86510) HM
43 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Rising Sun Lodge No. 29Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
Dr. Henry Rhodes, for whom Rhodes Ferry Landing was named, was Decatur's first Postmaster and one of the organizers of the Lodge (Nov. 22, 1826). Chartered in 1827, its first Worshipful Master was Colonel Francis Dancy, builder of the Dancy-Polk . . . Map (db m102823) HM
44 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Schaudies - Banks Cottage
During the 1870s, Samuel Schaudies and Abbie Robinson Schaudies moved to this site from Huntsville and purchased this five-room cottage in 1881 for $800.00. The deed lists this site as part of Lot 84, “Old Town” Decatur. In 1875, their . . . Map (db m27763) HM
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45 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Site of Benson FieldDecatur’s Football Stadium 1931 - 47
Named in honor of W. W. “Barney” Benson, Supt. Ed. 1927 - 38 H. L. “Shorty” Ogle, Coach 1934 - 64 Aubrey Fuller, Asst. Coach 1929 - 58 The “T” formation was introduced to Alabama here in 1941 On . . . Map (db m28268) HM
46 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Social and Cultural OpportunitiesRestoring the Vision...Preserving The Legacy
"It is intended that the city shall be not only a first class business and manufacturing place but at the same time it shall be a delightful place for the home and family." -Promotional brochure from the Decatur Land Improvement and Furnace . . . Map (db m53667) HM
47 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — St. John's Episcopal Church
Side A In 1890, 75 members of St. Paul's Church (founded 1867) in Old Decatur, split away from the church over the location of a new building. Newcomers to the parish and city wanted to build it in New Decatur/Albany, near their homes. . . . Map (db m32483) HM
48 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — The Decatur DailyA Century of Service / Four Generations of Sheltons
A Century of Service The Decatur Daily newspaper began publication in the basement of a building on the northeast corner of Moulton Street and Second Avenue on Feb. 26, 1912 to serve the adjacent towns of Decatur and New Decatur. Its web . . . Map (db m127338) HM
49 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — To Commemorate the Passage of The Olympic TorchJune 29, 1996
Guarding the Flame of the Centennial Olympic Games These heroes carried the sacred flame the symbol of World Peace, Friendship and Unity. Lane Barnes, William Debuty, Charles Friedrich, Jeremy Gaertner, Kevin Hall, Jordan Hardick, Katie . . . Map (db m106095) HM
50 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 7 — Two Bridges Across The Tennessee River“A Hard Nut To Crack” — The Battle For Decatur —
In 1860, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was the only east-west route through the United States south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Maintaining control of this rail line was essential to Confederate strategy. Union Brigadier General Ormsby Mitchell . . . Map (db m28262) HM
51 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Uprooted From HomeRhodes Ferry Park — Trail of Tears National Historic Trail —
This is a site of painful memory, a place of upheaval. Decatur was just one stop on a deadly journey over 1,000 miles — the forced removal of the Cherokee people from the Tennessee Valley. Along the edge of the Tennessee River, this town bore . . . Map (db m189597) HM
52 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — 65 — Votes for WomenRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Ellen S. Hildreth founded early Alabama suffrage club in New Decatur 1892. Hosted national suffrage leaders here at Echols Opera House 1895.Map (db m222845) HM
53 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — West View
Settled 1816 by Jon A. BurlesonMap (db m217096) HM
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54 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Words of Resistance
Oral tradition—stories passed from one generation to the next—long told the history of the Cherokee people. Sequoyah was the first to write it down. In 1921, about 90 miles east of Decatur, he created the Cherokee syllabary, a set of 85 . . . Map (db m140861) HM
55 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — World War One
In Memory of those who died for our country during 1917-18 John Alexander Jr.,Dorsey L. Baker, Fred S. Baker, Sam Black, James W. Bunch, Harkless Byrd, Joe Campbell, James L. Culpepper, William J. Eaton, Buford L. Flack, Owen Fowler, Claud M . . . Map (db m48189) HM
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Dec. 3, 2023