Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A photo journal

This memorial on the University of Alabama campus honors the men from the university
who fought for the Confederacy.
The plaque on the memorial marker notes that the
university supplied seven generals to
the Confederate army.
It's obvious the folks at the University of Alabama love their football. Massive Bryant-Denny Stadium dominates the  campus, and "Roll Tide Roll!" banners are as numerous as the barbecue joints. (If you visit, check at Moe's, which serves fantastic ribs.) But Civil War history isn't hard to find either. The university was called the "West Point of the South," supplying the Rebel army with seven generals, 25 colonels and numerous other officers. During a quick 10-minute stroll on the Quadrangle today, I spotted a large granite memorial to the men from the university who served in the CSA; a large stained-glass window in honor of those men is a short distance away. The window and the memorial were donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy early in the 20th century. Thankfully, the large mansion that now serves as home of the president of the university escaped the torches of the Union army, which destroyed much of the campus in April 1865. I snapped the shot below of the mansion, which is located across the road from the Quadrangle.

Now the home of the president of the University of Alabama, this mansion escaped destruction
by the Union army in April 1865.
The mansion was valiantly saved from destruction by Union Major General John Croxten's boys.
according to this sign.

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