By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this booklet is now reissued in a good-looking re-creation. Alabama is like one large entrance porch the place fogeys assemble on summer season nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf seashores. during this booklet, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a travel of the heritage, humans, and locations of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern mixture of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with relations historical past woven in.
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Brave though his actions were in that river encounter, Austill exhibited even greater courage when he rode alone from Fort Madison to Fort Stoddert to seek additional protection for the refugees at Fort Madison. His route covered wild, perilous country with only a few scattered settlements along its 75-mile length. The dense river bottoms and the upland pine thickets provided excellent cover for Creek war parties; the woods were literally full of Indians, and young Jere was riding alone, a volunteer for the mission.
These luxuriant evergreens with their bright clusters of red, white, and pink blossoms (they bloom from April until frost) grow in the courtyard of the old fortress, around its outer walls, and along the driveways in the park. Chandler himself propagated most of the present bushes at the fort, but the original plants, he said, were brought over and planted by Isabella DeSoto. According to Chandler, Isabella accompanied her explorer husband on his expedition to the New World. She spent the summer of 1540 aboard supply ships anchored in the shelter of the peninsula where Fort Morgan now stands, and as the lonely weeks passed she became more and more concerned about the safety of her husband.
Thanksgiving was over, and she had a lot to do to get ready for Christmas, which would be coming before she knew it, but she had a cold and thought a rest might make her feel better. Mrs. Hodges had just relaxed real good there on the couch, was dozing off, when all of a sudden she heard an awful noise and something hit her left arm and hip. She opened her eyes, which might be termed a natural reaction, and saw a good size hole in the ceiling and in the roof above the couch. The sky was showing through.
Alabama: one big front porch by Kathryn Tucker Windham