Fort Gaines is a good day trip

General Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1777-1849) had a lasting impact on Alabama and US history. Gaines was a hero of the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars as well as the Mexican War. He is also credited as being the officer who arrested fugitive US Vice President Aaron Burr in Alabama in 1807.

The times in which Gaines lived were exciting times. It was an era of big dreams and boundless ambition. People in this era took pride in being called Americans and it was a time when people weren’t afraid to rely on their abilities to propel them to greatness rather than relying on some government progra...