The 155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle for Decatur!

Before the back bone of the Army of Tennessee was shattered at Nashville, and before the bloody fields of Franklin, there was Decatur. In late 1864 the Army of Tennessee, now under the command of General John Bell Hood, began his campaign towards Nashville in an effort to lure Sherman into battle. First, he had to cross the Tennessee River.

 

Hood first planned to cross in Guntersville, Alabama, but learned it was heavily guarded. Reports of the “lightly guarded” Decatur, and fear of Federal gunboats at Guntersville, Hood changed his plans. He would finally arrive on the 26th of October 1864, where he would face between 3,000 to 5,000 Federals under the command of Brigadier General Robert S. Granger.

 

Hood sent out skirmishers towards the main fortification, which were soon driven out. Hood realized he could not take Decatur without heavy casualties, and he needed as many men as possible for his invasion of Tennessee. Finding Decatur “too tough a nut to crack”, Hood withdrew and crossed the Tennessee River in Tuscumbia, Alabama, protected from Federal gunboats by the Muscle Shoals.


Every Labor Day weekend we recreate this historic event with the annual "Battle for Decatur" reenactment. Confederate and Union forces will face off against one another at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. Come and see history play out before your very eyes.

Confederate Commander

Colonel Chuck Tarwater

First Division Southern Reenactors

Federal Commander

Colonel Doug Isbell

First Division Southern Reenactors