Failing to remember the past

This month’s 150th anniversary of Alabama seceding from the United States went unmarked in the Yellow Hammer State.
And that’s a shame.
The Jan.11, 1861, secession declaration is certainly no cause for celebration, but it was a watershed event for Alabama, and should not be ignored regardless of the pain and embarrassment of the memory for some.
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Montgomery during the Civil War: Adept at making do

Selma, to the west of Montgomery on the Alabama River, was the Confederacy’s most important arsenal other than Richmond. However, Montgomery also had an arms industry of respectable size.
The 1861 Powder Magazine still stands in West End on Eugene Street overlooking the river. Five other important installations were Janney’s Iron Works at North Court and [...]

Authentic history lesson about fake Confederate money

What Scarlette Poole thought might be a found fortune in Confederate currency turned into a history lesson about the Confederate States of America.
For almost 30 minutes, Civil War historian Robert Parham issued bad news about the $1,002 in Confederate bills Poole found in an antique frame her father purchased 36 years ago.
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Athens sites featured on Alabama’s Civil War trail

Northerners who claim Southerners just can’t forget the Civil War will find plenty of evidence in 2011 when people across the South commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict.
In Alabama, reenactments of pivotal battles will occur throughout the year and visitors will be encouraged to visit historic sites.
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New brochure highlights Alabama’s Civil War attractions

Alabama’s Civil War sites, attractions and battle re-enactments are showcased in a new brochure created by the state tourism department.
Forty-seven attractions and sites along with the history, location and contact information for each are listed in the publication. A few of the sites include the state capitol and First White House of the Confederacy in [...]

Civil War letters highlighted at Local History Forum

The Daphne Public Library’s Local History Forum met Tuesday at the Old Methodist Church Museum with guest speaker Melissa McNichol talking about the museum’s Harrison family letters.
McNichol — a descendant of the family — presented the letters along with information about family artifacts that can be found in the Dryer Avenue fixture. John Cox Harrison, [...]

Rolling Thunder Escorts Former POW to Andersonville, National Honor

At first glance many might consider them a tame band of motorcyclists–however, while some do ride motorcycles, members of Rolling Thunder have there hearts in a much deeper place. The are raising awareness about Prisoners of War, current and former ones–and working to find and bring home those still listed as Missing In Action.
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Illegal Trash Dump Cleaned Up Near Fort Morgan

Officials in Baldwin County have cleaned up an illegal trash dump located just a mile from historic Fort Morgan. We first spotted the dump last week from the News 5 Wind Creek Chopper. This abandoned street near the old Civil War fort was littered with old furniture, clothes, junk and even rotting food. We ran [...]

Original gun from CSS Alabama finds home at Museum of Mobile

A Confederate cannon has been reunited with other historical CSS Alabama artifacts at the Museum of Mobile
 “It is part of the history of Mobile,” said museum director David Alsobrook. “It’s a unique piece.”
The cannon was one of eight original guns mounted aboard the CSS Alabama, which sank off the coast of Cherbourg, France, on June [...]

U.S. Sen. Sessions tours Joe Wheeler home

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions called Joe Wheeler’s home a national treasure with the potential to draw thousands of tourists to the area.

“There is nothing like this in the state,” Sessions said.
For almost 90 minutes Tuesday morning, Site Director Melissa Beasley gave Sessions and members of his staff a tour of the historic site.
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