Historic Markers Across Alabama



United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol — Apr. 12, 1865



Marker ID:  
Location: intersection of Monroe Street and North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.732    W 086° 18.031
  32.37886666    -86.30051666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

MG J.H.Wilson’s Cavalry Corps raised U.S. flag over Alabama’s and Confederacy’s first Capitol on 4/12/65, three days after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Wilson had defeated LTG N.B. Forrest’s depleted and vastly outnumbered troops at the Confederate Arsenal city of Selma. Before fleeing Montgomery, BG D.W. Adams, CSA ordered 85,000 bales of cotton and 40,000 bushels of corn set afire to deny them to the Federals. But for the wind’s change and the heroic Montgomery firefighters, the city would have burned. Wilson left Montgomery for Columbus, GA on Friday 4/14/65, the day Lincoln was shot by Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington

Erected 1996 by Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society Preservation and Promotion Foundation Alabama Historical Society.







End of United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol — Apr. 12, 1865