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Could this be the secret origin of the Alabama shad?

From Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Alabama May 14, 1874

Duval and Roberts Editors


Mr. William Gesner, of Birmingham, Ala., writes to the editor of the Atlanta Herald regarding the shad fisheries. He says: “Seeing in your daily of the 14th inst.

View of the Alabama River from a bridge in Claiborne, Alabama 2010 (Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress)

An unknown fact

A notice of a catch of white shad in the Alapaha river, and of there not being known of before in streams flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, will you allow me to ask you to publish the fact that in the spring of 1858, in connection with Dr. E. R. Mordecai, of Mobile, and Mr. S. Hooker, of Montgomery, I placed 4,300 fish of this species and 7,000 eggs, taken from the Oconee, at Milledgeville, the latter of which were hatched out at Montgomery, and let go by Mr. Hooker into the Alabama river there, and since that time they are caught in increasing numbers every year at Wetumpka, as also in Patsalaga Creek, and at Eufaula, on the Chatahoochie River.”

Alapaha river at Statenville, Georgia, during a period of drought in 2000 (Wikipedia)

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