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During the battle of Decatur, Founders Park and the Old State Bank were directly in the line of fire.  The Battle of Decatur was a military attack conducted from October 26th through October 29th, 1864, as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War.  Union forces of 3,000 to 5,000 men under Brigadier General Robert S. Granger were defending an entrenched line that included two forts and 1600 yards of rifle pits.  Two federal gunboats patrolled the river.  These 3,000 to 5,000 men prevented the 39,000 men of the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Lt. General John B. Hood from crossing the Tennessee River at Decatur, Alabama.  Union casualties were far less than the Confederate casualties.


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