Historic Markers Across Alabama

Rosseau's Raid to East Alalbama

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: at the intersection of S. 8th Street and S Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 32° 38.889    W 085° 22.757
  32.64815    -85.37928333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMM2A8


With orders from General Sherman, General Lovell Rousseau left Decatur with 2,700 cavalry, beginning his raid into East-Central Alabama. Their raid ended successfully in Opelika July 19, 1864, after miles of track were destroyed along with other railroad equipment, two depots, and several warehouses brimming with supplies for Confederate forces defending Atlanta. They then turned northeast to join Sherman's Army advancing towards Atlanta.

Erected by The Opelika Historic Preservation Society and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 2000.

End of Rosseau's Raid to East Alalbama