Battle of Athens

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Battle of Athens
Began:

January 26, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Limestone County, Alabama

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Operations in North Alabama

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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9th Illinois Mounted Infantry

1st Alabama Cavalry

Commanders

Emil Adams
Captain, USA

Moses W. Hannon
Lieutenant Colonel, CSA

Strength

100

600

Casualties

20

30

  

Confederate cavalry, numbering about 600 men, attacked Athens, held by about 100 Union troops, around 4:00 am on the morning of January 26, 1864. After a two-hour battle, the Confederates retreated. Union forces, although greatly outnumbered and without fortifications, repulsed the attackers. (NPS summary)

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