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Monroeville in Monroe County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Lucas’ Raiders”

 
 
"Lucas Raiders" Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
1. "Lucas Raiders" Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front:
The following eyewitness account was written by T. C. McCorvey of Tuscaloosa in April 1865 during the War Between The States.

"A boy of 13 has a distant recollection of some of the incidents of the raid on Monroeville. The first raid naturally created a wild panic in the village. When couriers arrived announcing the approach of the Federal cavalry along the road from Claiborne, women and children crowded terror-stricken to the village hotel. The probate judge of Monroe County at that time, Murdock McCorvey and Mrs. Mary Eastin Spottswood rode out two or three miles on the Claiborne road to meet the advancing raid and ask protection for the homes of the village. They were conducted to Lt. Col. Asa L. Gurney, of the 2nd New York detachment. Not a house in the village was pillaged. The commissary stores that had been collected by the Confederate government under the so-
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Reverse:
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called "tax-in-kind" and stored in houses on the northern side of the public courthouse square were burned; but private property, except horses and forage were respected. The iron safes in the courthouse offices were broken open and some documents scattered and lost in the search for valuables; but there was not wanton destruction of public records.
"Lucas Raiders" Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
2. "Lucas Raiders" Marker (Reverse)
This was not to be the last of the raiders. Lucas' brigade passed through Monroeville, some seven or eight miles to the northwest, parallel to the route of Smith's army. Accordingly on the 21st of April the advance guard of Lucas' command dashed into Monroeville, unannounced this time by courier and by nightfall the whole brigade encamped the village. The 2nd New York cavalry commanded by General Morgan H. Chrysler encamped around the Baptist Church, a half mile or more east of the courthouse. Guards were placed to prevent the plundering of homes but smokehouses and barns were swept clean."
 
Location. 31° 31.695′ N, 87° 19.378′ W. Marker is in Monroeville, Alabama, in Monroe County. Marker is on Pineville Road (State Road 21), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 Pineville Road, Monroeville AL 36460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A County Older Than The State (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Monroe County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Atticus Finch: Lawyer - Hero (about 700 feet away); Monroeville, Alabama (about 700 feet away); Truman Capote
"Lucas Raiders" Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
3. "Lucas Raiders" Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Peterman, Alabama (approx. 5.4 miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 7.6 miles away); Puryearville (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroeville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
"Lucas Raiders" Marker next to the Monroe County Public Library. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
4. "Lucas Raiders" Marker next to the Monroe County Public Library.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 80 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 1, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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