Historic Markers Across Alabama

The 8th Iowa Infantry

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Location: Monroe Lane, Spanish Fort, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 41.071    W 087° 54.696
  30.68451666    -87.9116
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The 8th Iowa Infantry

On the evening of April 8th, 1865, while the Confederate fortifications were being shelled by Union artillery, the 8th Iowa Infantry advanced from near this point to the Confederate left and captured a part of the works, in hand to hand fighting. General Gibson ordered a counter attack but was unable to restore his line against heavy Union reinforcements. He was able to save most of his garrison by withdrawing down a foot bridge to Battery Tracy, on Blakely River, then to Mobile.

End of The 8th Iowa Infantry