Friday, April 25, 2014

The Battle Begins

So what would you do if invaders were about to storm your town?

Back in April 1865, there weren't many able-bodied men left to defend Selma 
from federal troops, but the city that supplied much of the Confederacy's munitions
 was surrounded with a three-mile long semi-circle of fortifications.

 After a hard-fought but brief battle led by wounded
 Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest,  Selma's arsenal, naval ordnance works
 and many private homes and businesses were burned. 

The 149th reenactment of the battle is this weekend at Riverside Park.
Blue skies are forecast.


Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Love how you framed this photo!

Anonymous said...

Fences, fences, beautiful fences in your slide show, not to mention the bridge in your header. One reenactment near us is the the reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto during the month of April. btw I took Alabama history as a freshman in high school when my dad worked in Huntsville.

TexWisGirl said...

a great shot - with sad history. thanks for linking in!

Tanya Breese said...

our reenactment starts today too...great shot!

William Kendall said...

Excellent shot, and a strange kind of almost-postscript to the war. Forrest wasn't the sort of commander to just walk away from a fight.

Linda said...

Interesting bit of history! I'm not a fan of Forrest but I know he's famous in the south.

Nita Davis said...

Great shot!
A very pretty but chilling scene. I swear I stared at it too long and thought I saw one of those rifles fire. (shiver)

Bergson said...

thank you for the history lesson