Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Yankees in Cahawba
Mr:. Crocheron arrived in town about 1837 to help run a family business. He traveled North for his Philadelphia bride in 1843 after building this brick home. The front porch had a grand view of two rivers. The back wall adjoined a brick store that his uncles had built twenty years earlier.
The Crocherons also invested in a line of ocean-going steamships. So Richard's family was able to escape the Southern heat by returning North each summer to "take the waters" at Saratoga, New York.
When his wife died in 1850, Richard was heart-broken. He sold his Cahawba property, freed his slaves, and returned to New York with his three little children.
In the Midst of War, Opposing Generals Share a Bountiful Dinner
During the Civil War, shortly after the Battle of Selma, Union General James Harrison
On April 8th, 1865, Wilson arrived at 11 am. Forrest appeared at 1 pm. The two generals shared a "bountiful Southern dinner" with their host, then they withdrew to the parlor for a long but guarded conversation. After sizing up one another, the two congenial dinner companions parted ways. They rode away from Cahawba ready to resume the bloody war that pitted them against one another. The following day, General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox.
If you are a persistent explorer you will find some authentic "penciling" on one of the columns. In the 19th century, brick masons would often paint a thick white line over their mortar joints to make handmade bricks look more uniform. This is a clue that machine made bricks were not yet available in Cahawba.
Erected 2015 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is April 8, 1865.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Second Street North, Orrville AL 36767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hole That Was Once a Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Drug Store & the Room Above (within shouting distance of this marker); Death in the Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saltmarsh Hall (about 500 feet away); A Courthouse Reduced to Rubble (about 600 feet away); Dallas County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Railroad Depot and Commissary (about 800 feet away); Welcome to Downtown Cahawba (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.