Living History Association

35th Alabama Infantry & 73rd Indiana Infantry Regiment

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The 35th Alabama Infantry will be participating in the

Battle for Decatur

August 31st - September 2nd, 2018

Point Mallard Park, 2901 Point Mallard Park Drive, Decatur, AL 35602
Before the back bone of the Army of Tennessee was shattered at Nashville, and before the bloody fields of Franklin, there was Decatur. In late 1864 the Army of Tennessee, now under the command of General John Bell Hood, began his campaign towards Nashville in an effort to lure Sherman into battle. First, he had to cross the Tennessee River.

 

Hood first planned to cross in Guntersville, Alabama, but learned it was heavily guarded. Reports of the “lightly guarded” Decatur, and fear of Federal gunboats at Guntersville, Hood changed his plans. He would finally arrive on the 26th of October 1864, where he would face between 3,000 to 5,000 Federals under the command of Brigadier General Robert S. Granger.

 

Hood sent out skirmishers towards the main fortification, which were soon driven out. Hood realized he could not take Decatur without heavy casualties, and he needed as many men as possible for his invasion of Tennessee. Finding Decatur “too tough a nut to crack”, Hood withdrew and crossed the Tennessee River in Tuscumbia, Alabama, protected from Federal gunboats by the Muscle Shoals.

 

The 35th Alabama Infantry prominently fought in this battle, being the skirmishers thrown out against the fort. We will be returning once again to portray this notable event in the units history.