A home for refugees

Just as the several thousand Union prisoners were leaving Tuscaloosa in the spring of 1862, Confederate military reverses swelled the roads with fleeing civilians. They found the City of Oaks ideal: one of the more isolated towns in the South without railroads or major east-west roads, 350 miles up a river navigable only half the year, and shielded from the north by a mountain range. Further, the shade of the oaks was welcome, and many houses were still vacant from its days as the state capital. Those houses would soon be overflowing with refugees.

 

Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy Hubbs.