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  • Golden Moments
    Amazing! This is such insightful information. lg ... From: Richard Matthews To: Sent: Wednesday, October
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1 6:27 AM
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      This is such insightful information.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Richard Matthews" <prm@...>
      To: <jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 8:33 AM
      Subject: [jacksongenealogy]

      > The War Between the States was a terrible time for Jackson County,
      > as it was in many other places, but even more so here. There were very
      > feelings about secession in the Tennessee Valley, even to the point of
      > trying to make an independent state of this region that would not secede,
      > but much of that feeling changed early in the war.
      > By April 1862, Union forces were already occupying northern Alabama.
      > Gen'l O. M. Mitchell occupied Huntsville on April 11th, 1862. A few weeks
      > later Union Col. John Basil Turchin lead raids into northern Alabama and
      > lead his troops to burn and loot widely. He was a Russian, "The Russian
      > Thunderbolt" he was called, who had little regard for American civility.
      > encouraged and then turned his back while his troops committed many
      > atrocities in north Alabama. Many area residents gave their support to the
      > Confederates after seeing and hearing of his actions. Our county seat,
      > with most of its records, were burned during these raids. That is why few
      > genealogy records exist for the years prior to the war.
      > In Jackson County, the dividing line was the Tennessee River, Throughout
      > most of the war, north of the river was held by the Union and south of the
      > river was Confederate, with each side making raids into the others
      > territory. Many southern men camped on Sand Mountain while their families
      > and homes were across the river in enemy hands . . .hard times indeed for
      > all concerned. There was a huge build up of Federal troops in Jackson
      > County, in the Stevenson/Bridgeport area, prior to the Battle of
      > and most of the county was razed by the troops for timber, food, and other
      > needed supplies. General Sherman himself spent some time in this area
      > burning his way through Atlanta and to the sea. Hardly anything remained
      > standing in our county by wars end . . We were completely ravaged. I have
      > always thought that is why so many families moved on after the war.
      > but bad memories and bad times held Jackson County for years after 1865.
      > There were renegades, blacks as well as whites, from both sides that
      > make life more miserable during those years. Many local families had loved
      > ones killed by the hostilities of those years. Scottsboro's founder,
      > Scott, lost his life during those times just a short time after founding
      > rail stop at Scottsboro.
      > Check out http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/altimeline.html#1860 for some
      > information about the war in Alabama.
      > Richard (Proud to be the GGgrandson of Jackson Countian Lt. James Matthews
      > CSA who fought and lived through the WBTS, while his family was in Union
      > territory in Big Coon Valley, Matthews Cove)
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Arvinell [mailto:arvinell@...]
      > Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 9:40 PM
      > To: jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Maynard's cove
      > I appreciate Mr. Matthews taking the time to write about Maynard's Cove in
      > the 1800s.
      > Another question that I have concerns Maynard's Cove, Jackson Co. during
      > Civil War. Family stories told by Isaac Newton Foster (1852-1929) told
      > about seeing his father Anthony Wayne Foster gunned down by criminal
      > renegades who were neither Confederate nor Union soldiers. This
      > on April 4, 1862. These ruffians traveled in front of an approaching army
      > and plundered. Anthony had gone to the front door and opened it when he
      > was shot. Does any one have a source for Jackson County events
      > the war?
      > Soon afterward General Upchurch (Union Army) arrived and heard about
      > Anthony's death, he offered safe passage for young Isaac and his mother to
      > White Co., Illinois. They did go to Illinois at some point. I have
      > that John Franklin Tinney and his family also went. John Franklin had
      > believed that Alabama should not succede, nor go to war over slavery. I
      > can imagine that life was not easy for those people in Jackson Co., who
      > not support the Confederacy and succession.
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