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Fort Morgan in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Noble Leslie DeVotie

 
 
Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker (Obverse) image. Click for full size.
April 4, 2007
1. Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker (Obverse)
Inscription. (Obverse): First Alabama soldier to lose life in Civil War. DeVotie graduated in 1856 from University of Alabama; Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Princeton in 1859. In 1856 at the University of Alabama, he was chief founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, the only national social fraternity founded in the Deep South.

(Reverse): First Alabama soldier to die in Civil War. Drowned Feb. 12, 1861 while on duty as chaplain of Alabama troops here. Before enlisting he was pastor of Selma Baptist Church. He was 23 at time of death.
 
Erected 1964 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 30° 13.792′ N, 88° 1.4′ W. Marker is in Fort Morgan, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker can be reached from Dixie Graves Parkway (State Highway 180) when traveling west. Click for map. At Ft Morgan, on Mobile Bay. Marker is in this post office area: Gulf Shores AL 36542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun (a few steps from this marker); Battery Schenck (1899-1923) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage
Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
April 4, 2007
2. Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker (Reverse)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Bowyer War of 1812 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); The Overland Campaign (about 300 feet away); Battery Thomas (1898-1917) (about 300 feet away); 6.4” (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle / 7” Brooke Rifle (about 300 feet away); The Citadel (about 500 feet away).
 
More about this marker. Outside the fort on the waterfront
 
Regarding Noble Leslie DeVotie. Noble Leslie DeVotie was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 24, 1838. He spent his early life in Marion, Alabama. He entered the University of Alabama in October, l 853, in the sophomore class, having spent one year at Howard College. All through his university course he brilliantly maintained his intellectual supremacy. His grade for his entire course at Alabama was 96.75. He was graduated as valedictorian at the head of his class July 17, 1856. In the fall of 1856 he entered the freshman class at the Princeton theological school. He was graduated from there in 1859. Then he became pastor of the First Baptist Church at Selma, Alabama. In 1861 he enlisted as chaplain
Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
3. Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker
This was the original marker at the site.
in the C.S.A. when the Independent Blues and the Governor's Guard of Selma were sent to Fort Morgan. On February 12, 1861, as he was about to board a steamer at Fort Morgan, Alabama he made a misstep and fell into the water. Three days later his body was washed ashore. He was the first Alabama man to lose his life in the Civil War.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Morgan. Wikipedia entry detailing the history of the fort. (Submitted on December 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. DeVotie's Grave. DeVotie is buried in Columbus, Georgia. The original marker did not identify him as among the founders of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. (Submitted on December 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Forts Morgan and Gaines. Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on March 30, 2011, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker located north of the Fort Morgan Museum. image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
4. Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker located north of the Fort Morgan Museum.
Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 9, 2011
5. Noble Leslie DeVotie Marker
Maker in far distance, looking toward Fort Morgan (yellow arrow)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 6,724 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   5. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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