Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tuscumbia, AL

All good things come to an end and on this day in 1862 Nelson's Division is ordered to break camp.  They continue their eastward march crossing Bear Creek and completing the 21 mile journey to Tuscumbia, Alabama on the southern bank of the Tennessee River and the western edge of the impassable shoals.

By the 1850s, Tuscumbia had become a major transportation hub for northern Alabama and was taking on the appearance of a small city. With the river on it's northern border, the  Memphis&Charleston RR running through the town and a recently completed federal highway, this formerly peaceful southern town became a bone of contention for the Confederate and Union Armies throughout the war.

Reaching Federally controlled Tuscumbia on the evening of June 24th, the Seventeenth bivouacked for the night.

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