Historic Markers Across Alabama



Major Hiram Solon Hanchett 16th Illinois Cavalry - U.S. Volunteers



Marker ID:  
Location: In a park area at the end of Capitol Avenue near Vine Avenue, Cahaba, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 18.984    W 087° 5.76
  32.3164    -87.096
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

On January 20th, 1865, Major Hanchett lead a daring, but unsuccessful escape from the military prison that was located on this spot.

He was then moved to the dungeon of the county jail, located on First North Street. In March the other Union Soldiers were sent to a parole camp in Vicksburg. Hanchett was detained because the post commandant, Lt. Col. Sam Jones believed he was a spy.

In April when Federal soldiers attacked nearby Selma, the post commandant fled Cahaba, and the citizens of Cahaba freed Major Hanchett. Reputedly, Confederate soldiers under orders from Lt. Col. Jones returned to Cahaba, seized Hanchett while he was eating breakfast, took him from the town, and murdered him. Major Hanchett's body was never found and lies today in an unmarked grave.







End of Major Hiram Solon Hanchett 16th Illinois Cavalry - U.S. Volunteers