Confederate History & Heritage Month: 'Barbour County's Minute Men of the Confederacy'
An excerpt of Eugenia Persons Smartt's "History of Eufaula, Alabama 1930":
"'BARBOUR COUNTY'S MINUTE MEN OF THE CONFEDERACY'
The Eufaula Carnegie Library has a valuable and interesting document of the Confederate war period, issued by the citizens of Barbour County just after the election of Lincoln to the presidency, which is in the form of a poster and calls upon the people of the county to assemble on Monday, November 19, 1860 to prepare for the great civil conflict between the North and South, and must have been the first war call from the Confederacy. The names of the forty-eight signers which the poster preserves have been handed down through the generations since the war, and many descendants now residing in Eufaula, Clayton and other parts of the county bear the same names as the ones appearing on the clarion call to Barbour County citizens of the sixties. The document shows a decorative marginal border (which is seen on historic papers of similar character now preserved by historical societies throughout the country), and is framed in black lacquer.
It was presented the library by Miss Annie Kendrick Walker, former Eufaulian, the only daughter of Captain John A. Walker, who was a life long resident of Eufaula. Captain Walker was on General Gordon's staff throughout the struggle.
Miss Walker said, "My mother saw the Alabama troops marching under the newly made flag of the Confederacy; and of the many time worn letters and war papers, many of which appear in her memoirs 'Other Days,' none expresses in more heroic terms the spirit of the South, long before the echo of the first gun at Charleston had reached it, than this Barbour County declaration."
COPY OF DOCUMENT AND SIGNERS
To the People of Barbour County:
The abolitionists have triumphed. Shall we submit? Will Alabamians permit abolitionists to rule them? Shall we yield like slaves or resist like freemen?
The great question we must now decide.
The country demands counsel of her citizens and we call upon the people of Barbour County to assemble at Clayton, November the 19th to deliberate and act.
Come Southern men of all parties. Shut up the doors of your business houses and leave your plows in the furrows and let us take counsel together. The South demand union of her sons. Let us bury the hatchet of past divisions and come together at the appointed hour and like brothers prepare for safety and resistance.
SIGNERS IN ORDER
John Gill Shorter
Henry DeLamar Clayton
Eli S. Shorter
John A. Foster
James L. Pugh
William H. Chambers
William A. McTyer
Jere N. Williams
Fern M. Woods
Henry R. Shorter
John J. Norton
John C. McNab
John W.L. Daniel
B. M. Hendrix
Restoring the honor!