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LaGrange in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (South Central)
 

LaGrange Military Academy

1857-1862

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, October 27, 2019
1. LaGrange Military Academy 1857-1862 Marker
Inscription.  After LaGrange College moved to Florence in January 1855, a group of LaGrange citizens organized a college in the vacant buildings under the old name. Rev. Felix Johnson was elected president. To increase the patronage, a military feature was introduced in 1857. Major J. W. Robertson became superintendent and classes were suspended while a third major building was erected for the cadets. The college reopened in February 1858, as LaGrange College and Military Academy. The new institution’s financial situation was dismal until the State of Alabama provided military equipment and scholarships. The Academy soon flourished and became known as the “West Point of the South.” In 1860, the name was changed to LaGrange Military Academy. By 1861, the enrollment was almost 200 cadets. During its existence, 259 cadets from nine states attended the Academy.
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At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, many LaGrange cadets left to join the Confederate Army. Consequently, the Academy was forced to suspend classes on March 1, 1862. Only two cadets
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By Sandra Hughes, October 27, 2019
2. LaGrange Military Academy 1857-1862 Marker
had graduated. Major Robertson was authorized to organize the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment C. S. A. He was elected colonel and the remaining cadets formed part of one company. The regiment was mustered into the Confederate on March 12, 1862, for three years. Following the Battle of Town Creek on April 28, 1863, the 10th Missouri Cavalry of the Union Army, known as the "Destroying Angels," commanded by Col. Florence M. Cornyn, burned the Military Academy, nearby LaFayette Female Academy, many businesses, and homes. Then the village of LaGrange dwindles away. In 1995, LaGrange Park was transformed from the Alabama Historical Commission to the LaGrange Living Historical College was enhances and stands today as a historical landmark. Listed on Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1976.
 
Erected 2012 by Sponsored by LaGrange Living Historical Assn., Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, Benefactors.
 
Location. 34° 39.65′ N, 87° 33.801′ W. Marker is in LaGrange, Alabama, in Colbert County. Memorial can be reached from LaGrange College Road 0.9 miles west of Alabama Route 157. Marker is located inside LaGrange College Park Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1491 LaGrange College Road, Killen AL 35645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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By Sandra Hughes, October 27, 2019
3. LaGrange Military Academy 1857-1862 Marker
flies. LaGrange College (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named LaGrange College (approx. ¾ mile away); William Leigh (approx. 3.8 miles away); Belle Mont (approx. 5.9 miles away); Howell & Graves School (approx. 6½ miles away); History of Muscle Shoals, Alabama (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Singing River Sculpture (approx. 7.4 miles away); History of Littleville, Alabama (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  LaGrange College & Military Academy. In the early 1820s, LaGrange was established on the crest of a mountain near Leighton, AL with about 400 inhabitants. In the late 1820s, the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church solicited proposals for a site and a subscription of $10,000. On (Submitted on October 27, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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