The Battle for Decatur annual reenactment depicts the events that happened on the 26th through 29th of October 1864, at the beginning of John Bell Hood's Nashville Campaign. Roughly 40,000 Confederate troops descended upon the fort at Decatur, Alabama intending to cross the Tennessee River (or intending to distract the fort while they crossed the river elsewhere, depending on who's telling the story). The city of Decatur, reduced now to a mere fort and some random buildings, was defended by only 1,500 men on the 26th, under the field command of Col. Doolittle of the 18th Michigan. Later that night, Brig. Gen. Robert S. Granger arrived and took command. Though the fort would continue to get reinforcements pouring in during the battle, including two gunboats, they never reached more than 5,000 men. Still, Hood moved on for Tuscumbia to cross the river, and left Granger and 5,000 Union soldiers victorious on the field.
For the past 35 years the Battle for Decatur reenactment has commemorated these events. We continue that tradition this year, and invite all reenactors to come and join us in celebrating not only the 35th annual battle, but the 155th anniversary of the original battle, as well as the celebration for the 200th birthday of Alabama Statehood.
Reenactor registration is only $5.00, and is payable at the registration booth.
Reenactors will receive a meal ticket, and a free pass to Point Mallard Waterpark.