Athens Sacked and Plundered

Athens Sacked and Plundered (HMJDU)

Location: Athens, AL 35611 Limestone County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 48.147', W 86° 58.32'

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On May 2, 1862, Union troops of the 19th and 24th Illinois and the 37th Indian Regiments commanded by Col. John Basil Turchin went on a rampage thought the town. They looted and plundered stores and homes, stealing clothing, jewelry and anything of value, destroying what they didn't want. For months afterward, the soldiers stabled their horses in some of the town's churches, burned the pews for firewood and destroyed the interiors. Col Turchin, born Ivan Vasillevich Turchinoff in Russia, was court martialed in Huntsville for encouraging these actions, but his wife appealed to Abraham Lincoln for clemency on his behalf. Turchin was promoted to Brig Gen. one day before the court martial.
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HM NumberHMJDU
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Year Placed1991
Placed ByLimestone County Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 502561 N 3851136
Decimal Degrees34.80245000, -86.97200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.147', W 86° 58.32'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 8.82" N, 86° 58' 19.20" W
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Area Code(s)256, 205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 W Washington St, Athens AL 35611, US
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