Monday, April 7, 2008
Columbus, Georgia and the Last Major Battle of the Civil War
It is a little known fact that the last major battle of the Civil War was fought for control of the city of Columbus, Georgia.
The last major Southern industrial center, Columbus was attacked by Union forces on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865. Confederate forces fought to defend the city and a major battle erupted.
The battle was fought after both the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Also called the Battle of Girard, the Battle of Columbus was a Union victory and resulted in the fall of Columbus and destruction of the nearly-finished ironclad C.S.S. Jackson. Although several smaller encounters took place over the following weeks, the fight was the last major battle of the Civil War.
If you would like to learn more, our new Battle of Columbus page is now available at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/battleofcolumbus.