Historic Markers Across Alabama

General Hood's Narrow Escape

Marker ID:  
Location: beside Florence Coliseum on Veterans Drive, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 47.972    W 087° 39.829
  34.79953333    -87.66381666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJ9WX


General Hood's Narrow Escape
December 26, 1864

Following his tragic defeat at Franklin and Nashville, General John B. Hood managed to escape over the Tennessee River at Bainbridge Ferry, a few miles south of here on December 26, 1864. Two corps under General Benjamin Cheatham and Stephen D. Lee were the first to cross, followed by men under General Alexander P. Stewart. General Nathan B. Forrest and Edward C. Walthall were the last to escape over this treacherous pontoon crossing which narrowly missed becoming one of history's bloodiest fields of slaughter.

Erected by Florence Historical Board, Florence, Alabama.

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