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Blue Mountain in Calhoun County, Alabama was once a supply and training center for Confederate soldiers

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18 comments

  1. Wayne Bagwell

    Sue Goodman. Close to your home place ?

  2. To supplement the story, Blue Mountain was the terminus of the Alabama and Tennessee River RR at the halt of its construction with the advent of the Civil War. The “community” of Anniston didn’t spring up until after the war, and Oxford, several miles to the south, was the closest village until then. Blue Mountain was an important source of iron ore to be shipped by rail to Confederate munitions plant at Selma during the war, and was therefore a target of the Northern army late in the war.
    After the war, the A&TR RR was incorporated into a new company, the Selma, Rome and Dalton RR, and then extended to Dalton, Georgia, rather than to Gadsden, the earlier planned terminus.
    (By coincidence, I have recently been doing study of early Alabama RRs.)

  3. Janice Bailey-Mobley

    In my teen years we lived in 2 different houses on a short street in Blue Mountain I think it was 31st or 33rd — it was about as far away from AHS as I could get!! – they were factory houses similar to “shotgun” houses one had the toilet on the backporch in a claoset and the other had a real bathroom Yay! They sat on rocks!! lol

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    1. William E Barnard

      Thank you Jackie !! Love the history!!!

  5. Mike Tucker

    My 2nd great grandfather, Walter McFry, enlisted in The War at Blue Mountain.

  6. Greg Williams

    Jim Hicks, this is something you and I have talked about before….. I can only imagine what that encampment site looked like………

    1. Jim Hicks

      Greg, your guess is as good as mine. Being the terminus of the RR, I bet there were a number of warehouses and sheds. Didn’t realize the camp spread as Far East as it did! From what I’ve read, the local residents fled to the mountains when the Yankee cavalry came to destroy it. There were supposedly lots of boxcars, etc., full of shells & ammo sent there from the Selma Arsenal and were stuck at the end of the line. A fire was set and things started exploding. It made quite a fireworks show for the folks hiding in the hills!

  7. Charles Harold Martin

    I was born in Blue Mountain in the large two story building on the hill by the barber shop. It burned some years ago. I worked at the cotton mill while attending Jax State.

    1. Do you remember the barber at the barber shop. One armed man named Mr. Skinner.

  8. I was in the last second grade class that attended the old Blue Mountain School before it closed. It closed at the end of that school year and if I remember right, it was 1983. It was torn down a few years later. I had to go to Saks for the third grade. Not sure if anyone here knew her or not, Dorothy Ward babysat me and my brother in those same years. I remember her and her late husband, Woodrow Ward owned and operated and service station/café not even a mile from where the school was on Alexandria Rd. I would really love to find that schools history if anyone could help me. Thanks in advance.

  9. Went to blue mountain school Mrs Landers was first grade teacher Mrs Paddy was grade 5 teacher Mrs Dishman was 4 grade teacher can not recall any more was in early 50s

    1. Remember Mrs. Snow, 1st and 2nd grade teacher? Loved her.

  10. I really think it would have been more appropriate to turn the old school into a civil war museum. It would be great to be able to walk in and see exhibits of all sorts pertaining to the history of Blue Mountain and the school.

  11. i went to the school before they close it .i remember we would play out back under the steps just stay warm in the winter .a real bad storm came through an we sometimes would walk home for lunch because we couldnot aford lunches .one day we went home an there was abig killing next door an mama wouldnt let us walk home for lunch no more.

  12. KellieAnne Smith Foreman

    Umm, I wonder if there will one day be a historical/celebratory article about Raqqa being an ISIS training ground? I ask this as a person who is a member of the CDA

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