Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Dispatches from Canoe Station


February 20, 2020

Courtesy Photo

A Confederate grave at Montgomery Hill near Boatyard Lake

Military dispatches provide an important reflection of the significance of a geographic area during a war. The importance of Canoe Station as a military base and supply point is illustrated through the military dispatches exchanged by various commanders, on both sides, during the War Between the States.

The coming of the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad in the 1850s provided commercial and transportation links to the backwoods of rural Alabama and in the process, the numerous small rail stops along the 100 plus mile route would become strategic assets to whichever side controlled them....

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