1. […] Many people have heard of the EDMUND PETTUS bridge in Selma, Alabama on Hwy 82 crossing the Alabama River but may not have known for whom the bridge was named. It was named for an early Alabama settler and Alabama Senator named Edmund Winston Pettus. […]

  2. […] with its history; among these may be mentioned those of such gentlemen as William L. Yancey, Edmund W. Pettus, Joel Early Mathews, John T. Morgan, George R. Evans, George W. Gayle, Daniel S. Troy, C. C. […]

  3. Thanks especially for the information on Edmund Pettus. I’ve walked over that bridge many times but had no idea for whom it was named. Cheers, Harry 5/18/2014

  4. My Great Grandfather , Robert F Johnson, served under Gen Pettus throughout the war as part of the 20th Alabama Regiment. I have researched most of the battles mentioned and visited most sites

  5. This doesn’t sound like the kind of person this country, or any country should be honoring., we need to honor real heroes, not cowards who used other human beings. Shameful.

    Pettus was a decorated confederate general and a leader in the Alabama ku klux klan, it was Pettus’ belief in white supremacy, and not pure economics that drove his support for the confederacy.

    His fanaticism is borne of a kind of pro-slavery belief that his civilization cannot be maintained without slavery.

  6. Now I do understand why the bridge should be renamed. Sometimes the bad choices made in life overwhelm what good was done.