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TODAY IN ALABAMA History – “July 27, 1813 — The Battle of Burnt Corn Creek was fought and the American forces were routed. This was the first engagement of the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814″

EXCERPTED — from a pamphlet transcribing the speech

delivered by Judge C. J. Coley– President of the Alexander City Bank

Given 29 October, 1966 at New Site, Alabama:

“Address to the Ninth Annual Pilgrimage  of the Alabama Historical Association”


“The Second Battle”

Soon after becoming Judge of probate of Tallapoosa County in 1946, I began to give vent to a secret desire that had possessed me for a number of years. it was my belief that the Battle of Horseshoe Bend was filled with great history, Sam W. Oliver and James W. Lovelace both of Dadeville, shared my thinking. Periodically and informally we would discuss the possibility of a properly written history and proper physical markings for this far reaching military engagement. We knew that back in 1909, a movement of this kind came into being but later lost its momentum.

We learned that others in different parts of the State of Alabama were also eager to delve into this particular phase of American frontier history. Visits to the battle field were made by many many people.

At every opportunity I encouraged newspaper columnists, magazine writes, tradepaper reporters and others of the news media to tell the story of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Roads and bridges were constructed from the main highways to the battle ground to render the area easily accessible.

On March 30, 1955, at Alexander City, Mr. Thomas W. Martin, chairman of the board of the Alabama Power Company, and I met. During our conversation Mr. Martin said, “Why don’t we do something about Horseshoe Bend?” I replied — “Mr. Martin, I have waited 10 years for you to make the statement that has just fallen from your lips. When and where shall we meet and get going?” A few days later at Mr. Martin’s office in Birmingham, he and I were joined by William H. Brantley, Jr., John Temple Graves, Rucker Agee, James F. Sulzby, Jr., and Dr. George R. Stuart, Jr.

On June 6, 1955, at the Court House in Dadeville, the following men met and incorporated the Horseshoe Bend Battle Park Association…(.)

[More to come…my typing needs practice, Will be back soon.]


Historical Preservation is NOT an easy task — I felt this excerpted Address might enlighten us to how PRESERVATION has been accomplished with “historically significant sites” in our recent past.

— C A Abernathy

(Take two…)
Attempted this post just but a few minutes ago — stepped away from the keyboard — came back the automatic Windows 7 update had re-started my computer. [growl!]
I lost all the text I had written (now have settings a bit different, to prevent this problem from occurring again) — I hate having to re-write things when software/OS updates cause me to lose them.
Now, where was I?
Ahhh, heck — I think I’ll do something else and come back to this post. There are things needing to be added, set-up; and yet to be test-driven on this computer.
I promise to return – soon.
“And to continue…”
— Cathy

A very well written/researched article by Richard Thornton:
How Mexican crops and architecture reached the heartland of North America

Gives a very good explanation for the culture/crops that the SouthEastern US tribes had in common with Central American tribes/Native American groups.

— Cathy

[Original Website:

Oxford discusses shutting down sports complex project

The Oxford City Council today discussed abandoning a project that has cost taxpayers approximately $281,000 in delays since ancient human remains were discovered at the site in February.

During the special called meeting, the council agreed to table a final decision on the city’s multi-million-dollar sports complex project on the historic Davis Farm until the cost to void the construction contract could be compared with the cost of waiting until work could resume.

To date, the city has spent more than $5.9 million on the project, most of it for the purchase of the property.

Oxford City Project Manager Fred Denney said at the end of the meeting that because of the mounting costs, the city’s approximately $18 million bond issue for the project could no longer pay for all the construction.

Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who attended the meeting, said it could take at least three months to ensure all federal requirements are met before they could allow the Oxford project to resume.

The corps stopped the project around late February because it was not notified about the American Indian remains, which were discovered around Jan. 8 at the construction site. A wetlands permit that the city obtained to develop the Davis Farm site stipulates the corps must be notified if any remains and or artifacts are discovered.(…more)

Anniston Star – Mayor says mound will be demolished hill developed

Oxford may be planning to remove a controversial pile of stones from a hill behind the Oxford Exchange shopping center, according to a story in a national newspaper.

A story that appeared on the Web site of The New York Times on Friday said Mayor Leon Smith plans to demolish the stone pile, which may have been built a thousand years ago by American Indians, and make it the site of a hotel, restaurant or health clinic.

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