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

The Dean / Inzer House

Home of Lt. Col. / Judge John Washington Inzer

 
 
The Dean / Inzer House Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
1. The Dean / Inzer House Marker Side A
Inscription. Greek revival antebellum home built by Moses Dean in 1852, acquired by John W. Inzer in 1866. Home occupied by Inzer family from 1866 to 1987. In July 1987 home and its contents, including extensive law library, deeded by family heirs to St. Clair Camp 308, Sons of Confederate Veterans, to become museum in honor of Lt. Col. & Judge John W. Inzer. Museum is maintained for educational purposes and public awareness. Museum incorporated December 1988 as a non-profit corporation.

John Washington Inzer born January 9th, 1834, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The family left Georgia in 1853, moving to Eden in St. Clair County, Alabama. In 1854 John Inzer began his study of law; admitted to the bar in 1855. In 1856 moved to Ashville to practice law. In 1859, Inzer was licensed to practice law before the Alabama Supreme Court, appointed Probate Judge, St. Clair County, that year. In 1861, elected to represent St. Clair County at Alabama's Secession Convention, youngest man to do so.
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In 1862, he joined Confederate Army as a private; rose to rank of Lt. Col. in the 58th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Inzer fought in battles of Corinth, Shiloh, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge where he was captured and made POW at Johnson's Island, Ohio, 1863 to 1865. After Chickamauga,
The Dean / Inzer House Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
2. The Dean / Inzer House Marker Side B
Col. Bushrod Jones wrote of Lt. Col. Inzer's conspicuous bravery, his causing his men to charge with enthusiasm, and of his gallantry on the battle's second day, which exceeded that of the first. There was not a more gallant and courageous officer in the Confederate Army.

Appointed Probate Judge by occupying Union forces, July 1865; elected to that office, 1866. Elected to State Senate, 1874 and 1890. In 1877, appointed as Trustee of Howard College, later Samford University. From 1878 to 1900 was Trustee of the Alabama Insane Hospital. Appointed Judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit 1907, re-elected 1908.

John Washington Inzer died January 2nd, 1928, age 93, last surviving member of the Alabama Secession convention. He was known as “Alabama's Grand Old Man.” He is buried in the Ashville Cemetery.

Donated by D & F Bryant - The Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Erected by The Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 50.137′ N, 86° 15.307′ W. Marker is in Ashville, Alabama, in Saint
The Dean / Inzer House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, February 1, 2009
3. The Dean / Inzer House
Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street (U.S. 411) and 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling south on 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashville AL 35953, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A County Older Than The State, St. Clair County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison (about 600 feet away); John Looney House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Original Site of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battle of “Ten Islands” (approx. 11.5 miles away); Fort Strother (approx. 11.7 miles away); Harkey’s Chapel United Methodist Church Founded Circa 1829-1830 (approx. 11.9 miles away); Champion Mines (approx. 13.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tales from a Civil War Prison: Lieutenant Colonel John W. Inzer. (Submitted on March 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. St. Clair Camp #308, Sons of Confederate Veterans & The John W Inzer Museum. (Submitted on March 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EducationPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,928 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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