January 26 1864: Battle of Athens

January 26 1864: Battle of Athens

Campaign: Operations in North Alabama (1864)

On January 26, 1864, Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Moses W. Hannon’s 600-man cavalry brigade attacked the city of Athens. In a two-hour battle, Union Captain Emil Adams’s 100-man force, although outnumbered and without fortifications, repulsed the invaders.

After a two-hour battle, the Confederates retreated.

Principal Commanders: Capt. Emil Adams [US]; Lt. Col. Moses W. Hannon [CS]

Forces Engaged: 9th Illinois Mounted Infantry [US]; 1st Alabama Cavalry [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 50 total (US 20; CS 30)