Union forces of the 9th Illinois Mounted Infantry under Captain Emil Adams was attacked at the Battle of Athens on January 26th 1864. At about four in the morning in Athens, AL 600 men of the 1st Alabama Cavalry under Lieutenant Col Moses Hannon made an attack against the Federal defenders. Although out numbered by six to one and with no fortification Captain Adams’ men were able to hold for two hour, and finally force the Confederate to retreat. There were about twenty Union and thirty Confederate casualties.
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