Hidden History of North Alabama
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The tranquil waters of the Tennessee River hide a horrible tragedy that took place one steamy July day when co-workers took an excursion aboard the SCItanic. Lawrence County resident Jenny Brooks used the skull of one of her victims to wash her hands, but her forty-year quest for revenge cost more than she bargained for. Granville Garth jumped to his watery grave with a pocketful of secrets--did anyone collect the $10,000 reward for the return of the papers he took with him? Historian Jacquelyn Procter Reeves transports readers deep into the shadows of the past to learn about the secret of George Steele's will, the truth behind the night the Stars Fell on Alabama" and the story of the Lawrence County boys who died in the Goliad Massacre. Learn these secrets--and many more--in Hidden History of North Alabama."
edge of the river near Ditto Landing. The riverbank at Ditto Landing was, and is, a scenic location for picnics, cookouts and camping. The sparkling waters of the river, framed by hardwoods and evergreens against a backdrop of the Appalachian foothills, promised to provide, on July 7, 1984, a pleasant setting for a cruise. Captain May checked the weather forecast early that morning and confirmed what he thought would be a good day for an outing on the six-year-old boat, originally named Dixie
British Fifth Army in a move that threatened to defeat the Allied army. Pershing sent a letter of support to Marshal Foch, which served to revive the morale of the British and French armies. In part, his message read, “I have come especially to tell you that the American people will be proud to take part in the greatest battle of history.” Pershing commanded over one million American and French soldiers during the attack on the German lines near Verdun in the Meuse-Argonne campaign. The
outnumbered and miserably cold, Morgan’s shivering men and their horses crossed the icy Cumberland River at 3:00 a.m. along with the men under the leadership of Basil Duke. Some Confederates did not cross, waiting to capture any Union soldiers who might try to escape to Lebanon, while others waited near Hartsville on the Gallatin Road for the same reason. The battle began at about 6:45 a.m. “The Rebels are coming!” a servant shouted to the Union soldiers eating breakfast. An order was issued to
at Attassee by General Floyd’s men, at Talladega by General Jackson’s men and, on December 23, at Eccanachaca by General Claiborne’s men. The Indians had been told by their prophets that the earth would swallow the white men who dared to enter the Holy Ground, and so their confidence began to crumble when this was proven false. The army began again in January 1814 with a defeat at Emuckfau by Jackson’s men on January 18 and again on the twenty-fourth at Enotochopco. Jackson’s army had been
expected never arrived, but five hundred more men had been added to the ranks of Santa Anna’s army. Instead of attacking, however, the Mexicans sent word that they were willing to negotiate. Fannin prepared to meet with Santa Anna. Shackelford told him that if he was to consider surrender, it had to be honorable. If that was not to be, he told Fannin to “come back—our graves are already dug—let us all be buried together.” Colonel Fannin brokered a deal for their surrender that stated that his