In northern Alabama, Union troops capture the Bridgeport railroad bridge over the Tennessee River

Union Brigadier General O.M. Mitchel led his division towards Bridgeport near the northwest corner of Alabama, an important transport center since there the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad crossed the Tennessee River.  Moving swiftly, he attacked the Confederate positions defending the bridge in the late afternoon, beat off a counterattack, and took the largely undamaged railroad bridge. Confederate losses were significant, with more than seventy killed and wounded and several hundred captured.  The Union now controlled northern Alabama.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation
 Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 99.
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Battles/Soldiers
How to Cite This Page: "In northern Alabama, Union troops capture the Bridgeport railroad bridge over the Tennessee River," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/39088.