Jan. 15, 1865 Thomas Noble Farm in Red Hill Alabama
A Union attack took place at the Thomas Noble farm in Red Hill
Alabama on the morning of Jan. 15, 1865, between Union forces led by Col. William J. Palmer’s 15th Pennsylvania Calvary and Confederate Gen. Hylon B. Lyon’s 250 men from two Kentucky cavalry brigades of the Third, Seventh, 12th, 16th and Sypert’s regiments.
During the altercation, 100 Confederate soldiers were taken prisoner, along
with Gen. Lyon, who managed to escape after shooting Union Sgt. Arthur Peace Lyon (no relation) and jumping out the back window.
After the death of Sgt. Lyon, the Union marched north through Brown’s Valley to the Tennessee River, burning every plantation and farm in the process, including the homes of two prominent townsmen n Thomas Adkins Street and Arthur Campbell Beard n both of Manchester.
At noon on the same day, Union forces burned the city of Guntersville, leaving only seven buildings standing, one of which is on Blount Avenue while the other is on Hill Avenue.
Col. Palmer subsequently received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the attack of Red Hill.
A Cherokee village called Brown’s Village was founded around 1790 on Brown’s Creek, near present-day Red Hill.
During the American Civil War, one of Nathan B. Forrest‘s generals, Hylan B. Lyon, was staying in a private residence in Red Hill. He was captured by a detachment of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry, but managed to escape. On February 24, 1894, William Jackson Palmer was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions as colonel leading the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Red Hill, January 14, 1865 where “with less than 200 men, [he] attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy, captured their fieldpiece and about 100 prisoners without losing a man.”
Source: Wikipedia contributors, “Red Hill, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia