Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Pages Up on Battles of Ebenezer Church and Selma in Alabama

They were not Florida battles, but I thought you might be interested in checking out the new pages I've added on the Battles of Selma and Ebenezer Church in Alabama.

These two battles were the last major fights for the famed Confederate "Wizard of the Saddle," Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The Battle of Ebenezer Church, fought on April 1, 1865, was the last time Forrest led troops into action on ground of his own choosing. Realizing that he could not hope to defend the fortifications of the vital manufacturing center of Selma with the troops at his disposal, he tried to halt the Union army of Major General James H. Wilson from reaching the Alabama city. Establishing a defensive position at Ebenezer Church, about 24 miles north of Selma, Forrest tried to halt or destroy Wilson's army by holding it in place until 3,000 reinforcements could cross the Cahaba River and strike the Federals from the rear. The plan probably offered the best chance for stopping the Union juggernaut through Alabama and Georgia, but Southern reinforcements failed to arrive as hoped. To learn more, please visit the new page at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ebenezerchurch.

Defeated at Ebenezer Church, Forrest fell back to the miles of earthwork fortifications surrounding Selma. His force was too small to hold this line and when the battle began, he was only able to position a man every 10 to 15 feet. Union troops pierced Forrest's line along Summerfield Road and the Battle of Selma deteriorated into a desperate fight to delay the Federals as much as possible. The battle ended with Wilson in possession of the city and its vital military industries, while Forrest cut his way out. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/selmabattle.

The twin defeats marked the beginning of the collapse of the Confederacy and opened the door for the fall of Montgomery, the original capital of the Confederate States. Forrest would never again fight in a decisive battle.

As always, you can learn about these and a host of other interesting Southern historic sites at http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/.

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