The Coosa River passes through Ohatchee, Alabama. During the Civil War there was a ferry station in Ohatchee that was used to move supplies for the Confederate Army.
Part of the Northern Army had just taken Decatur, Alabama, which is located on the banks of the Tennessee River. It also had a railroad passing through the city and a developed highway. Decatur was a vital transportation hub at the time.
Their next battle was in Ohatchee. They took control of the ferry and crippled transportation options going through Alabama. It was a small battle, but it was also a devastating blow to the Confederate Army.
Blue sitting beside the Coosa River in Ohatchee, Alabama.
Saturday, I attended the Hot Air Balloon Jubilee in Decatur, Alabama. I had a great time and even got to ride in one of the balloons. Now I can take that off my bucket list.
Decatur is located on the banks of the Tennessee River. During the Civil War, it was a key transportation point, because both the Memphis and Charleston railroads crossed the Tennessee River in Decatur. Decatur also had a national road (US Highway 31) that went through the city.
The Confederates were determined to stop the Union Army from taking the city. They knew without Decatur it would be extremely difficult for the Union to get supplies, artillery, and reinforcements to their troops.
The Confederate Army fought fiercely for four days with General Hood in command. General Hood was confident that Decatur would not fall to the Union Army. He said, Decatur was a “hard nut to crack.” General Hood employed the use of mounted troops, gunboats, and a vast number of infantrymen.
General Robert Granger was in command of the Union troops, which included the 14th United States Colored Troops (USCT) led by Colonel Thomas Morgan. The USCT was able to drive back the Confederate troops and take control of the city.
Most of Decatur was destroyed during the war and only five buildings remained. Four of those buildings are still standing today: the Old State Bank, the Dancy-Polk House, the Todd House, and the McEntire Home.
Source: Decatur Convention and Visitors Bureau
Yesterday, Gwen and I went to Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama.
My favorite exhibit was “Safe” by Sarah Carlisle Towery. The colors in the painting are striking. You can see the deep emotions felt by the subject of the painting. I think it’s an excellent piece of art, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to view it.
Cleveland Mason Jr was arrested last week for stealing 26 bottles of body wash from Hometown Market in Decatur, Alabama. I wonder why.
- Maybe his New Year’s resolution was to stay clean.
- Maybe he has a body wash fetish.
- Maybe he always wanted to be called The Body Wash Bandit.
- Maybe he was planing a prank.
- Maybe he was going to use the body wash to clean evidence from another crime.
- Maybe he is a kleptomaniac.
Anyway, this crime leaves me scratching my head and wondering why.
Full Story: whnt.com/2017/12/30/decatur-man-charged-with-robbery-for-shoplifting-26-bottles-of-body-wash/
Delano Park is the oldest park in Decatur, Alabama. It was established in the 1880’s. The park features playgrounds, ball fields, walking trials, and a beautiful rose garden. The rose garden is peaceful and calming. It is a wonderful place to spend time refreshing your soul.
The Carnegie Visual Arts Center is located in Decatur, Alabama. It is only a couple of blocks from the banks of the Tennessee River.
The current exhibit showcases local artist.