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  1. Belle Montgomery

    What Southern dynasties’ post-Civil War resurgence tell us about how wealth is really handed down

    Emancipation should have laid waste to the Southern aristocracy. The economy was built on the forced labor of enslaved Africans, and almost half the Confederacy’s wealth was invested in owning humans. Once people could no longer be treated as chattel, that wealth evaporated. But less than two...
  2. Luke Freet

    John H. Kelly: Boy General

    I decided, since I share a birthday with this man, I'd make a short bio on him. John Herbert Kelly, when he was promoted to Brigadier General in November of '63, was at the time the youngest Confederate General at the time of his promotion, at 23 years and 7 months; I haven't done the exact...
  3. Taylin

    Fort Blakely Letter

    New Albany Daily Ledger, June 06, 1865. Mobile, Ala., May 23, 1865. Gentleman: This pleasant and lovely morning I conclude to write a short letter to your paper, thinking, perhaps, some of our friends might be interested in reading the little I have to say. There has been much said as...
  4. JCBozeman

    Hello from Alabama!

    Hello from Central Alabama. Many of my Ancestors were Mustered in the 37th Alabama which was heavily involved with Vicksburg. Most were Captured there and I have copies of their Parole Papers. I have a cousin who was a Captain in the 44th Alabama, Captain David L. Bozeman. The 44th was sent...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    J. Marion Sims and the Civil War — a rollicking tale of deceit and spycraft

    In 2016, a New York City Parks Department representative tried to tamp down my enthusiasm for questioning the legacy of controversial Montgomery gynecologist J. Marion Sims. “It’s not like he was a Confederate general,” the representative said. I was researching a Harper’s Magazine cover piece...
  6. Belle Montgomery

    The Rebel Tombigbee Squadron-Civil War and boats on the Tombigbee River

    The Steamer Magnolia as she appeared in the London Illustrated News of May 4, 1861. Before the Civil War, the Magnolia was in the Upper Tombigbee-Mobile trade. During the war she became a transport steamer as part of the Confederate Tombigbee Squadron at Demopolis. Photo by: Courtesy photo -Two...
  7. USS ALASKA

    Confederate Government slave ownership

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Brierfield_Furnace.jpg Was reading about the Bibb County Iron Company and stumbled onto this passage... "On September 9th, 1863 the Bibb County Iron Company sold the works to the Confederacy for $600,000. Included in the deal were nine slaves..."...
  8. USS ALASKA

    CSN Ship Construction in the UK

    https://i1.wp.com/emergingcivilwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/css-shenandoah.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/CSSAlabama.jpg Didn't want to de-rail the other thread...but was wondering... No quibble with the Arkansas but the CSN did not 'construct' the last two...
  9. lelliott19

    CS Web Bridle Reins Selma Arsenal

    Here's one that will drive the late-war cavalry re-enactors crazy!!! Next time that new recruit shows up with webbing bridle reins ..... Selma Arsenal Mch 2nd 1864 Colonel, I had the honor, on the 12th Ult., to apply for the detail of Private Jas. A. Steele to make webbing for Cavalry Bridles...
  10. lelliott19

    1866: Freedmen Sam & Jake Cross AL

    I've posted before about my own family connections - Dr. Cross, who was a surgeon in the Confederate Army; Sam Cross, his servant, who accompanied him to the army; and Mary Ann Francis Harris Cross, his wife back home, and her version of the burning of their home by Union forces. I've located...
  11. B

    What if East Tennessee had split off and become a Union state?

    During the Civil War, East Tennessee was by far one of the most Unionist regions in the South (next to West Virginia, North Alabama, Texas Hill County, Free State of Jones, Free State of Winston and other areas) even though it was under Confederate control for the most part until at least 1863...
  12. B

    Hello. Looking forward to taking part in the discussion

    I'm the descendent of divided fqmilies from north central Alabama. The majority of my ancestors lived in Winston county at the time of the Civil War. Winston county is known as "The Free State of Winston" due to a meeting that took place in which many residents proclaimed that they did not...
  13. WJC

    First Alabama Volunteer Cavalry

    I came across this interesting article. Perhaps others can supply more detail about this unit.... A DEERE NEPHEW: HENRY PEEK It comes as a surprise while walking through an Oregon, Illinois cemetery, to see a gravestone which proclaims that the interred person served in an Alabama cavalry...
  14. D

    Books on the battle of Chickamauga

    Hi All, I am looking for a good book(s) to read about the battle of Chickamauga. I'm not interested in fiction unless it has a lot of authentic details in it-- like which unit moved where and when. I am also interested on any books that have letters or personal stories from men who served in...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    Time Out In Huntsville, General Logan's Unlikely Ball

    From Harper's Weekly, a deceptively peaceful military occupation of Huntsville, Alabama during General Logan's tenure, snip from the larger image below. Beset by gunboats, skirted by Sherman's Army, new home to Union troops making uneasy peace during war. What you have to love are the ' war...
  16. E

    Hello from the rebuilt Atlanta!

    My name is Patrick Poe, and I hail from the West Georgia area, originally from "The Free State of Winston" in Northwest Alabama. I'd heard for years that my family had moved to Alabama from somewhere in Georgia. Very recently I was told that the Battle of Chickamauga was fought on the ancestral...
  17. D

    The Purpose of Past Slave Owners As Freedmen's Bureau Agents

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to see if anyone could help me gain a better understanding of the Freedmen's Bureau positions -- and how/why they were granted to certain individuals. I ask because I am working on my family tree and I working on one of my brick walls in researching one set of my 3rd...
  18. AUG

    3rd Alabama Infantry

    Colonel Cullen A. Battle Company A - Mobile Cadets (Mobile County), under Capt. Robert M. Sands Company B - Gulf City Guards (Mobile County), Capt. William Hartwell Company C - Tuskegee Light Infantry (Macon County), Capt. William Swanson Company D - Southern Rifles (Macon County), Capt...
  19. lelliott19

    14th Alabama Infantry

    From the Alabama Department of Archives and History The 14th Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized July 1861. The majority of its members were from Chambers county (5 companies) but there were also members from Montgomery and Auburn, and the counties of Randolph, Lowndes, Talladega, and...
  20. ForeverFree

    Slave Taxes

    Slavery was vital to the antebellum southern economy. But this article highlights the importance of slavery as a funding source for government: Alabama's slave tax forever warped the state's finances, politics As slavery twisted politics and society in Alabama and throughout the South, it also...
  21. lelliott19

    16th Alabama Infantry

    16th Alabama Volunteer Infantry Organized at Courtland, AL Mustered in August 6, 1861 Surrendered at Goldsboro, NC April 26, 1865 Assignments: Zollicoffer's Brigade/Crittenden's Dept of East TN SAM Wood's Brigade/Hardee's Corps/Army of the Mississippi SAM Wood's Brigade/Simon Bolivar Buckner's...


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