Athens

Capt. Emil Adams, USA Lt. Col. Moses W. Hannon, CSA

Each side had cavalry forces engaged, under a regiment in strength. Casualties were about even, running about 25 per side.

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.

This was typical of the actions in the strategic backwaters, local raids and counter-raids without much purpose except to inflict casualties or destroy supplies.

Location: 
Limestone County, Alabama, United States
Outcome: 
Union victory
Campaign: 
Sherman's Meridian Expedition
Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 1864
Start Year: 
1864
End Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 1864
End Year: 
1864
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