Streight's Raid

Streight's Raid (HMO2Z)

Location: Danville, AL 35619 Lawrence County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 26.479', W 87° 10.734'

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On 26 Apr 1863, a Union raiding party of 1500 including the 51st and 73rd IN, 3rd OH, 18th IL. and local men from two companies of the 1st AL. Calvary left Tuscumbia for Russellville. Led by Col. Abel Streight, their objective was to cut Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's railroad supply lines at Rome, GA. As a diversion, Gen. G.M. Dodge with some 8000 Union troops moved into northern Lawrence County to occupy the attention of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest. While Dodge distracted Forrest, Streight marched from Russellville to Mt. Hope on 27 Apr. As Dodge retreated toward Corinth, MS, Forrest was informed to Streight's movements. The next day, Streight confiscated some 200 mules and horse before arriving in Moulton after sunset. Leaving Moulton 1:00 a.m. on 29 Apr, the raiders rode along this old road. At the same time, Forrest began to pursue Streight. The next morning at Day's Gap, Forrest engaged and fought the mountaintop where Streight laid an ambush. Losing some 40 men in this ambush, Moulton native Col. Phillip Roddy of the 4th AL was ordered to Decatur. After a series of skirmishes, facing dwindling supplies, and believing his forces outnumbered, Streight surrendered to Forrest's 500 men on 3 May 1863, in Cherokee County, AL a few miles from Rome, GA.
HM NumberHMO2Z
Placed ByLawrence County Historical Commission Inc
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:53pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 483564 N 3811104
Decimal Degrees34.44131667, -87.17890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.479', W 87° 10.734'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 28.74" N, 87° 10' 44.04" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201-1317 Co Rd 187, Danville AL 35619, US
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