Affair At Madison Station

Affair At Madison Station

Affair At Madison Station
May 17, 1864
The largest engagement of the Civil War in Madison County Alabama was fought during a driving rainstorm in Madison, Alabama at the site of the railroad depot. Under the command of Col. Josiah Patterson, the Confederate forces (~1000 cavalry and a battery of artillery) crossed the Tennessee River near Triana and attacked a garrison of ~350 men of the 13th Illinois Infantry. Union forces fell back along the railroad toward Huntsville to Indian Creek. They counterattacked after being reinforced by infantry from Huntsville.

Madison County Alabama Map

MADISON COUNTY ALABAMA

Madison County is a center of the aerospace industry, notably the Marshall Space Flight Center, a division of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, both crucial aspects of the nation’s defense and space-exploration efforts.