Civil War in North Alabama

The North Alabama area was the site of many skirmishes and the launching point of major raids during the Civil War. For Union soldiers, the Tennessee River was an important route into the Confederate heartland. The established railroad system running through North Alabama was also valuable to both sides. The Union's ability to maintain control in North Alabama, helped to cut off supply routes to the Confederate armies in the North. The attractions listed in this trip plan take visitors on a self guided tour across North Alabama for a look into the role the northern part of the state played in the War Between the States.

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U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
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U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Located in Huntsville Alabama, the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum contains an extensive collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and military equipment ranging from the American Revolutionary War to present day.  The Museum displays more than 30…

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Ancient Wars Museum
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Ancient Wars Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Housed in an authentic log cabin, the museum features rotating exhibits of authentic relics from everyday life of centuries ago to present day.  Many of the exhibits are well over 5,000 years old (3,000 BC) and are certified 100% authentic.  Both…

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives collection contains an impressive display of artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day.  Visitors can walk among the actual uniforms, medals, photos and weapon and hear stories and experiences…

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Pope's Tavern Museum
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Pope's Tavern Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

At one time a stagecoach stop, tavern, and inn, Pope's Tavern is one of the oldest structures in Florence.  It was used as a hospital for both Union and Confederate wounded during the Civil War.   The museum houses artifacts and beautiful…

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Belle Mont Mansion
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Belle Mont Mansion
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Belle Mont Mansion is an excellent example of Jeffersonian style architecture of the early American Republic. It was constructed in 1828 and is known for its high quality brickwork and contrasting wood trim. Today, it is owned by the Alabama…

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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Established in 1830, LaGrange College is Alabama's first chartered college and is often referred to as the West Point of the South after serving as a Military Academy.  The college enrollment read like a "Who's Who" list.  By 1862, due to the war,…

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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Located near Courtland, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the Confederate western army, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish-American War general.  Tour the 50-acre site and home which contains the General’s…

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Old State Bank
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Old State Bank
Community | Historic Site or District

Through more than 178 years of often turbulent history, the Old State Bank has survived as a proud monument to Decatur’s past and the development of banking in Alabama.  Built in 1833 to house the Tennessee Valley branch of the state bank, the…

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Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
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Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Housed in the old Vinemont Stagecoach Inn, Crooked Creek Civil War Museum and Park is located on a battle site where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Colonel Abel Streight fought for several hours at crooked creek, then went…

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Cullman County Museum
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Cullman County Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Cullman County Museum tells about Cullman’s German heritage and its founder, Colonel John G. Cullmann, through interesting exhibits and artifacts.  Housed in a replica of his home, the museum is filled with items spanning two centuries.  In…

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Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center
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Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center is a historical and a cultural museum dedicated to representing the rich history, customs, traditions and art of Jackson County.  The museum is composed of three separate exhibit areas: The 1880 antebellum Brown-…

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Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
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Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

The Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum is located in downtown Stevenson, Alabama, situated between the tracks of two major railroads.  The museum houses a collection of military, agricultural, Indian artifacts, railroad,  pioneer life and other…

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Cornwall Furnace Park
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Cornwall Furnace Park
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Cornwall Furnace Park is a historic Civil War era cold blast furnace that is listed on the National Register of Historic places.  Erected in 1862, the furnace supplied iron ore for foundries in Rome, Georgia, where armaments were forged for…

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1 U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
2 Ancient Wars Museum
3 Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
4 Pope's Tavern Museum
5 Belle Mont Mansion
6 LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
7 Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
8 Old State Bank
9 Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
10 Cullman County Museum
11 Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center
12 Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
13 Cornwall Furnace Park