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Re: Civil War in Perry Co. Ala
Posted by: Michele Jackson (ID *****6549) Date: October 20, 2012 at 17:44:33
In Reply to: Civil War in Perry Co. Ala by Bobbie Jones of 534

Not sure if any of you will see or know about this message. I've attempted to email the originator of the post topic. But I thought I would post here for future people as well.

A good deal of my family is from the Perry County area. A matter of fact, several posts I've located on here relate to family members. I also have a great deal of family during the civil war in these areas and have been pretty obsessed with it.

Perry County had about 27,000 people around 1860. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Alabama

Neighboring county Dallas had about 33,000 people. (you can find exact numbers on Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_County,_Alabama

Many towns in the central part of Alabama were utilized for making war related goods. Selma in Dallas county was one of those towns utilizing women, older men, slaves and even children for making the materials, ammunition and goods for war and getting them on the train at the depot.

Close to Selma is now a Ghost town called Cahaba (Cahawba). This town had a war prisoner camp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cahaba_Prison
There are two cemeteries there. Old Cahaba is on the web and on facebook with valuable information.

There was also a large amount of Union Soldier and civilian loss during the Sultan Disaster on the Mississippi River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultana_Disaster

-Brush Creek, also the home of some of my relatives had a population of 91 in 1895 and had it's own post office.
Old Town (Old Town Beat) was called Cahawba Old Town on an 1895 Perry County map I found. It was situated directly north east of Greensboro, AL about 10 miles or so.
-Cahawba Old Town was North 5 mils and east about 1 mile on what I think is now Co Rd 16 - and I do not believe anything exists there now. I've not yet confirmed this location, however the 1895 map I have as well as a recent google map compared would put it in that place. I could not find a population for 1895 for Cahawba Old Town. Note: Cahawba Old town and Cahawba are two different towns and are in two counties. One in Perry County and one in Dallas County.

Fold3.com has a map of Selma, AL in 1864 with military intel. It also contains a map of Mississippi/Alabama in 1895 with the old town names.


Just for a reference, I am researching Wooley, Worrell, Duke, Heard, Tubb(s), Moore, Moseley, Belcher, Billingsley, Coon (Cone), Edmunds(Edmonds), Tucker and Wilson in PERRY County.

My name is Michele and you can feel free to email me at michele7312 at att dot net. (email spelled out for spam purposes)


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