Monday, January 25, 2010

Out Numbered But Not Out Fought

The Battle of Athens fought January 26th 1864 in Athens, Limestone, Alabama.

A Union forces under Captain Emil Adams, who was part of the 9th Illinois Mounted Infantry, and the Confederate 1st Alabama Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel Moses W Hannon met at Athens, Alabama. At about 4 am on January 26th 1864 Confederate cavalrymen; numbering about 600, attacked Athens. Athens was being held by a Union force of about 100. Even though the Union defenders were outnumbered six to one and didn't have any fortification, they were able to hold off the Confederates. After a two hour battle the Confederates were obliged to retreat.

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