Russellville in Franklin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Edmund Pendleton Gaines began work on the road that would bear his name on December 26, 1807. Gaines' Trace extended from Melton's Bluff, at the head of the Elk River shoals, to Cotton Gin Port on the Tombigee River in present-day Mississippi. Lawrence Street follows part of the route through town.
Work on a more direct road from Nashville to New Orleans began in 1817 under Andrew Jackson's supervision. The route was called Jackson's Military Road, and Jackson Avenue as it passes through Russellville.
Erected 2007 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 30.293′ N, 87° 43.828′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Alabama, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Jackson Avenue and Lawrence Street West, on the right when traveling south on North Jackson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Jackson Ave N, Russellville AL 35653, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Roxy Theatre (about 500 feet away, measured in History of Littleville, Alabama (approx. 6.6 miles away); Newburg (approx. 8½ miles away); Belle Mont (approx. 11.7 miles away); LaGrange College (approx. 14½ miles away); William Leigh (approx. 15.1 miles away); "Spirit of Hodges" (approx. 16.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Edmund Pendleton Gaines. United States Army Major General (Submitted on October 2, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Edmund Pendleton Gaines - Wikipedia. At the end of the war, Gaines was sent as commissioner to deal with the Creek Indians. The U.S. commanding general, Jacob Brown, died in 1828; and Gaines was one of two ranking generals who could have been considered for the post. However, he and the other general, Winfield Scott, had both publicly quarreled with each other, and Alexander Macomb was promoted over both of them. He commanded the Western Military Department during the Black Hawk War. He was still in command of the department during the Seminole Wars in which he personally led an expedition. At the Battle of Ouithlacoochie he was wounded in the mouth. (Submitted on October 2, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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