The Battle of Columbus
The Battle of Columbus is also known as the Battle of Girard, Alabama (now Phenix City). Several authorities claim Columbus should be classified as the last battle of the Civil War.
The Battle of Columbus, Georgia (April 16, 1865), was the last conflict in the Union campaign through Alabama and Georgia, known as Wilson’s Raid, in the final phase of the American Civil War.
Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson had been ordered to destroy the city of Columbus as a major Confederate manufacturing center. He exploited enemy confusion when troops from both sides crowded on to the same bridge in the dark, and the garrison withheld its cannon fire. Next morning, Wilson laid waste to the city and took many prisoners.