Fort Mitchell in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Near here is the site where John Crowell lived, died, and is interred. Colonel Crowell was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on September 18, 1780; moved to Alabama in 1815, having been appointed as Agent of the United States to the Muscogee Indians. In 1817, he was elected as Alabama's first and only Territorial Delegate to the 15th Congress, where he served from January 29, 1818, until March 3, 1819. Upon Alabama's admission as a State, he was elected its first Congressman.
Served in the 16th Congress from December 14, 1819, until March 3, 1821; then appointed Agent for the Creek Indian Confederacy, which encompassed West Georgia and East Alabama, until the Indians were moved West in 1836. Thereafter, he was nationally known for his race horses, one of which "John Bascomb" was walked from here to Long Island, New York, where on May 5, 1836, on Union Course, he won the prestigious "South Against the North Race". Colonel Crowell died June 25, 1846, and is interred on his plantation.
Erected 1984 by The Historic Chattahoochee Commission / The Russell County Historical Commission.
Location. 32° 20.82′ N, 85° 1.146′ W. Marker is in Fort Mitchell Touch for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Mitchell Historic Landmark Park, about half-mile from the main entrance on the road to the site of the fort on the left in front of the Cantey Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 561 Highway 165, Fort Mitchell AL 36856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Asbury School and Mission (here, next to this marker); James Cantey (here, next to this marker); Fort Mitchell Military Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Mitchell (about 600 feet away); The Creeks Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Creek Trail of Tears (approx. 0.2 miles away); Removal of the Creeks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Creek Nation / The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mitchell.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,486 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.