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Newton in Dale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Hanging of Bill Sketoe

 
 
The Hanging of Bill Sketoe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 14, 2018
1. The Hanging of Bill Sketoe Marker
Inscription. Near this site on Dec. 3, 1864 Bill Sketoe, a Methodist minister was hanged by Newton Home Guards who thought that he was a traitor to the Confederacy. In truth, Mr. Sketoe had served 3 years in the Confederate army and had come home on leave to see his sick wife.

The home guard hanged him from an oak tree near the old bridge. To keep his feet from touching the ground a hole was dug under them. This mysterious hole remained clean for many years after that sad day. The site is now part of the flood prevention area.

The original bronze marker was badly damaged and washed down river by the flood of 1990. It may be seen in the Newton museum.
 
Erected by the Newton Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 20.648′ N, 85° 36.742′ W. Marker is in Newton, Alabama, in Dale County. Marker can be reached from Alabama Route 123 0.3 miles south of Waterford Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in John Hutto Park recreation area near the restroom building. Marker is in this post office area: Newton AL 36352, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newton Confederate Memorial (approx. mile away); Newton
The Hanging of Bill Sketoe Marker near tree line. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 14, 2018
2. The Hanging of Bill Sketoe Marker near tree line.
This is a newer marker and a representative area for the "mysterious hole."
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Baptist Collegiate Institute (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Block House/River Port - Fort - Ferry (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Mack M. Matthews School (approx. 4.3 miles away); Daleville, Alabama (approx. 7.2 miles away); Early Ozark/Ozark's Role in the Origin of Fort Rucker (approx. 8.1 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Bill Sketoe. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Newton Museum & Library
Thanks go to Terry Rust, Director of the Newton Museum & Library, for allowing me to photograph the original bronze plaque that had washed down the Choctawhatchee River in 1990, and was recovered, and now resides in the museum. (Note: those are her hands in the photo!)
    — Submitted March 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Not the original bridge from 1864, but the rock area is where the original marker was located. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 14, 2018
3. Not the original bridge from 1864, but the rock area is where the original marker was located.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The original bronze plaque mentioned on the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 14, 2018
4. The original bronze plaque mentioned on the marker.
This bronze plaque is located at the Newton Museum & Library.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 236 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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