Transcribed from: The Tuskegee News, Tuskegee, Alabama, 19 November, 1953; vol. 89, no. 32, p.1, col. 5 (continued on p. 8, col. 4).  Transcribed by Glenn Drummond, 3 October 2011.  Used with permission of The Tuskegee News.

 
GLIMPSES OF YESTERDAY – Warrior Stand Anecdotes - Dr. J.M. Glenn


Proceeding sketches about the earlier history of Macon County have dealt with the old Cotton Valley, Creek Stand, the three forts once in the county, the Tuskegee ice-skating and earthquake of 1886, etc.

Mention can be made also of Warrior Stand, although this writer is not so well acquainted with that as with some of the other places.  It is said to have been named from Big Warrior, who was always friendly with the whites, as shown extensively in Pickett’s History of Alabama, now out of print.

When William Weatherford – also known as Lamo Chattee, or Eagle Rod – surrendered to Gen. Andrew Jackson, below Wetumpka several months after the great battle of Horseshoe Bend (Cho-loc-co Lit-a-bix-ee) in March 1814.  Big Warrior was among those who yelled that Weatherford should be killed.  However, Jackson defended Red Eagle, both then an later, declaring that “Any man who would kill as brave a man as this would rob the dead.”  Later Read Eagle was a friendly guest of Jackson at his home, the Hermitage, near Nashville, Tenn., and when Red Eagle returned to Alabama he was riding a fine horse which he said was given to him by Jackson.

If a digression is permissible, this writer has been an appreciative guest in the homes of more than one lineal descendant of Red Eagle, who with others of his kindred still reside in Southwest Alabama.  He was less than half-Indian.  After the warring was over he was a peaceful citizen, and members of his family were in both of our two world wars.  The family always speak of him as “The Chief.”

Warrior Stand, on the old Federal Road of 1805-11, was one of the early settlements of Macon County.  It is said that now not much is left of the village – except in the memory of some elderly persons – but once it was well known, and among the families once there were the Doziers, Lanes, Reynolds, Huddlestons, and others.

Evidently there were some students of Latin, for in the old cemetery there is a monument bearing the word “Rosurgam,” meaning “I will arise,” referring to the morning of the resurrection, when the angel of the Revelation will stand with one foot upon the land and one upon the sea, and declare that time shall be no more.

The name will not be given here, although none of the family reside anywhere near, but there was a tragedy before the war of 1861-65.  The end of a year had come and a man had sold his cotton.  Unfortunately he did some drinking and got into a card game.  He lost all his money to his so-called friends and then returned to his home.  Remorse came to him, and going to the barn, he hanged himself, and his body was interred in the Warrior Stand cemetery. The family removed.

The three small sons later became prominent in the business world in other parts of the state, and the two daughters married professional men, but all five have passed away.  About 65 years ago I stood by that grave with one of the daughters and she said, amid her tears, “He died while he was still a young man.”

The gravestone, of course, does not tell of the manner of his death, and possibly no present resident may know the tragic story.  One may well ask, if those who won the money needed by the wife and children attended the burial, and saw the widow and the children, what must have been their feelings if they reflected that they themselves were largely responsible for the tragedy!


Date of Publication                    Title

September 11, 1952                                Backtrails Through History – Old Cotton Valley Historic Site

November 20, 1952                               Our Yesterdays – County Has Historic Past

November 27, 1952                               Our Yesterdays – Origin of Alabama Told

September 17, 1953                              Glimpses of Yesterday – Tales of Old Creek Stand

October 22, 1953                                    Views and Interviews