Battle of Athens (1864)

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Battle of Athens
Part of the American Civil War
Date January 26, 1864
Location Athens, Alabama
34°48′12″N 86°58′20″W / 34.8033°N 86.9722°W / 34.8033; -86.9722Coordinates: 34°48′12″N 86°58′20″W / 34.8033°N 86.9722°W / 34.8033; -86.9722
Result Union victory
United States United States(Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Emil Adams Moses W. Hannon
Units involved
9th Illinois Mounted Infantry 1st Alabama Cavalry
100 600
Casualties and losses
20 30

The Battle of Athens was fought in Athens, Alabama (Limestone County, Alabama), on January 26, 1864,[1] as part of the American Civil War. The Union force was a company under Captain Emil Adams from the 9th Illinois Mounted Infantry regiment. The Confederate force was the 1st Alabama Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel Moses W. Hannon.

On the morning of January 26, 1864, at around 4:00 a.m., 600 Confederate cavalrymen attacked Athens, which was being held by a Union force of only 100. Even though the Union defenders had no fortifications and were outnumbered six to one, they were able to repulse the Confederate attack and force them into a retreat after a two-hour battle.


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