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 The Battle of West Point


Wilson moves Across Alabama Tyler Dies
Assembling at Fort Tyler Casualties
A Fierce Battle

        Union Gen. James Wilson lead his 13,000 man Cavalry Corps southward through Alabama in an effort to destroy any remaining industrial capability of the Confederacy.  Upon defeating Confederate forces in Selma, he headed east toward the mills and armories in Columbus, Georgia.  His goal was to move quickly through Georgia and into the Carolinas.

        On April 16th, Colonel LaGrange dispatched a battalion of the 2nd Indiana Cavalry commanded by Capt. Roswell Hill from their camp outside of Auburn, Alabama.  They were followed by the 4th Indiana under Lt. Col Horace P. Lamson, and Capt. Moses Beck's 18th Indiana Battery.  The total forces under LaGrange was about 3,750 soldiers.  Their orders were to clear rebel resistance along the railroad, destroy the tracks, and seize the bridges in West Point.  There, they would wait for LaGrange's arrival, who followed with the 7th Kentucky and the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry regiments.   

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Sources:

  Randall Allen, "A Most Voluntary Gathering,"  The Battle of West Point, Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1997, pp. 23.

  Donald J. Downs, "Last Fort or Redoubt Battle of the War Between the States?  It Could Easily Have Been," pp. 3

  Randall Allen, "A Most Voluntary Gathering,"  The Battle of West Point, Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1997, pp. 24.