Alabama Civil War Timeline
May 17, 1864
Colonel Patterson Drives Union Troops Drive Union Troops From Madison, Alabama
17, 1864, when Col. Josiah Patterson‘s 5th Alabama Cavalry, supported by Col. James H. Stuart’s cavalry battalion and a section of horse artillery, drove Col. Adam G. Gorgas’s troops from the city. Patterson’s men captured the 13th Illinois Regiment‘s wagon train, taking 66 prisoners. They also burned Union supplies and tore up the railroad tracks before retreating. Portions of the 5th Ohio Cavalry, the 59th Indiana Infantry, and the 5th Iowa Infantry were sent in pursuit from Huntsville. They skirmished with Patterson’s rear guard that evening at Fletcher’s Ferry on the Tennessee River south of Madison.