Told here for the first time is the compelling story of the Bluff City during the Civil War. Historian and preservationist Mike Bunn takes you from the pivotal role Eufaula played in Alabama's secession and early enthusiasm for the Confederate cause to its aborted attempt to become the state's capital and its ultimate capture by Union forces, chronicling the effects of the conflict on Eufaulans along the way. Civil War Eufaula "draws on a wide range of firsthand individual perspectives, including those of husbands and wives, political leaders, businessmen, journalists, soldiers, students and slaves, to produce a mosaic of observations on shared experiences. Together, they communicate what it was like to live in this riverside trading town during a prolonged and cataclysmic war. It is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times."
About the Author
Mike Bunn is the executive director of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission. He has served as curator of history at the Columbus Museum and assistant curator of exhibits at the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History. Bunn graduated from the University of Alabama.
Table of Contents
Introduction. "The Business of Eufaula Is Large" 17
1 "Equality in the Union, or Independence Out of It" 23
2 "There Was Never Such a Time in Eufaula Before" 35
3 "We Have Seen a Good Deal of It in Several Papers" 47
4 "These Days of War and Blockade Tried Our Souls" 61
5 "Positively Needed in the Valley of the Chattahoochee" 81
6 "Fear Was Depicted on Every Face" 91
7 "To Restore Order Out of Such Chaos" 101
Epilogue. "I Have Conducted Our Municipal Little Bark Through This Troublous Sea" 111
Appendix. Historic Site Tour 115
About the Author 157