Tour offers chance to learn Civil War history

Published 5:53 pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Battle of Selma Re-enactment isn’t taking place this year in Selma, but Old Cahawba is offering plenty in the way of Civil War history.

The archaeological park is offering a Civil War walking tour on April 1 that will focus on the impact of the war, and how it affected both Selma and Old Cahawba. The park played a large role in the war with more than 3,000 Union Army prisoners held at Castle Morgan, a prisoner camp at Old Cahawba.

After the war when the prisoners were released, many made their way to Vicksburg, Mississippi and boarded the Sultana, which ended up blowing up in the largest maritime disaster in U.S. history.

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Linda Derry, site director at Old Cahawba, said the tour will include trying to find the walls and different parts of the prison.

We’ve written many times about all the history that took place at Old Cahawba, our state’s first capital, but this seems like a great opportunity to learn a lot about the area’s past. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and costs $8 per person. Guests are asked to arrive early for the tour.

For more information, call 872-8058.