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Ashville in St. Clair County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison

 
 
Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
1. Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Marker
Inscription.  In 1870 St. Clair Co. was still under Radical Republican Reconstruction. On August 20, 1870 honorable men of the County (former Confederates) had decided to hold the first Democratic Convention after the War Between the States. The meeting would be held at the Courthouse in Ashville. Former Sgt. E. Frank Harrison, Co. F. 10th Ala. Infantry Regiment was selected as one of the delegates. As Sgt. Harrison and a number of Confederate Veterans approached the Courthouse, they were ambushed by the cowardly “Springfield Gang”, led by H. J. Springfield, a Confederate deserter and outlaw of the worst kind. On this spot Sgt. Harrison was shot and killed by H. J. Springfield. Due to Harrison’s death, the meeting was postponed and then held at Bolton’s Crossroads.
 
Erected by Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Camp No. 1527 Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
 
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Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 1, 2009
2. Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Marker
50.034′ N, 86° 15.318′ W. Marker is in Ashville, Alabama, in St. Clair County. Marker is on 5th Street (U.S. 231) south of 9th Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker located in front of the Historic Ashville Academy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashville AL 35953, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dean / Inzer House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A County Older Than The State, St. Clair (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dalco Obed Langston (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Ash (approx. ¼ mile away); John Looney House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Union United Methodist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Original Site of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Antioch Cemetery (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashville.
 
Additional keywords. Reconstruction
 
The Ashville Academy built in 1831 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 1, 2009
3. The Ashville Academy built in 1831
Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Marker is located in front of this home.
The St. Clair County Courthouse in Ashville built in 1844 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 1, 2009
4. The St. Clair County Courthouse in Ashville built in 1844
The building is the oldest courthouse in Alabama still in use.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,463 times since then and 265 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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