Burning of Downtown

Burning of Downtown (tmp-1db0e)

Location: Selma, AL 36701 Dallas County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.453', W 87° 1.257'

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church

— Battle of Selma —

"Of all the nights of my experience, this is most like the horrors of war — a captured city burning at night, a victorious army advancing, and a demoralized one retreating. ...this Sunday night nearly gone, will be remembered. If there is a merciful God in the heavens. He must be looking down upon this scene in pity." ~E.N. Gilpin 3rd Iowa Cavalry, Winslow's Brigade, Upton's Division, Selma, April 2, 1865.
The city's defensive lines have been breached, the air filled with dust and with darkness falling, the street of Selma quickly fell into chaos. Small violent clashes occurred on the downtown streets as scattered groups of Confederates, trying to escape the now fire lit city, encountered advancing Federals. On this Sunday St. Paul's Rector, the Rev. James Ticknor, was wounded and the Senior Warden, Robert Philpott, was killed defending the City. Union troops burned the original church the night of April 2, 1865 in a conflagration that destroyed about ten city blocks. In the first 24 hours after the battle reports of robbery, arson, theft, and murder were common. By Monday night most citizens that asked for protection received it from Selma's Provost Commander General Edward Winslow and the looting subsided. Now the real destruction began.
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HM Numbertmp-1db0e
Year Placed2014
Placed Bythe April 1865 Society.
 
2. Burning of Downtown Marker (Rear)
Map of the City of Selma and its Defenses. Captured by assault by the Cavalry Corps., M.D.M., April 2d, 1865. Bvt Maj. Gen. J.H. Wilson, Com'd'g. Surveyed and drawn by Capt. H.E. Noyes, 2d U.S. Cavalry, A.D.C.
 
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Date Added Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 10:17pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 498029 N 3585611
Decimal Degrees32.40755000, -87.02095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.453', W 87° 1.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 27.18" N, 87° 1' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 114 Lauderdale St, Selma AL 36701, US
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