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Comer in Barbour County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Election Riot of 1874

 
 
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By David J Gaines, October 20, 2012
1. Election Riot of 1874 Marker
Inscription.  Near here is old Spring Hill, the site of one of the polling places for the November 3, 1874 local, state and national elections. Elias M. Keils, scalawag and judge of the Circuit Court of Eufaula, was United States Supervisor at the Spring Hill ballot box. William, his 16 year old son, was with him. After the polls closed, a mob broke into the building, extinguished the lights, destroyed the poll box and began shooting. During the riot, Willie Keils was mortally wounded. The resulting congressional investigation received national attention. This bloody episode marked the end of Republican domination in Barbour County.
 
Erected 1979 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1796.
 
Location. 32° 2.071′ N, 85° 22.919′ W. Marker is in Comer, Alabama, in Barbour County. Marker is on U.S. 82 just west of Silo Road, on the right when traveling east. Near County Road 49. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway AL 36053, 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 flies
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By David J Gaines, October 20, 2012
2. Election Riot of 1874 Marker
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. Spring Hill United Methodist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Providence Methodist Church & Schoolhouse (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fort Browder / 15th Alabama Infantry (approx. 4.3 miles away); Batesville Church - 1837 (approx. 4.6 miles away); Ramah Baptist Church & Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Jefferson Davis Highway (approx. 8˝ miles away); St. James C.M.E. Church (approx. 8˝ miles away); Town of Midway (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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