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Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Phenix City, Alabama- Dillingham Street Bridge
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 27.806    W 084° 59.961
  32.46343333    -84.99935
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Early in the afternoon of April 16, 1865 the first major act in the Battle of Girard-Columbus took place. Union General Emory Upton sent the First Ohio cavalry charging down old Crawford Road to capture the Dillingham Bridge, then known as the lower or wagon bridge. Confederates on the Georgia side had prepared for the Union tactic by removing the bridge's flooring and placing turpentine-soaked cotton along the length of its superstructure. Confederate Colonel C. C. McGehee crawled out on the wooden framework and set it ablaze. When they saw the bridge burst into flame, the First Ohio broke off its all-out charge.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission And the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce, 2004


Marker Dedication or Erection Date: 2004

End of Confederates Set Fire To Lower Bridge