On July 4, ask yourself: Did my Alabama ancestor serve in the American Revolution?

Soldiers who fought in the American Revolution  were among the thousands who settled in Alabama in the years leading up to and after statehood.

Thomas Owens’  Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama – on the Alabama Department of Archives and History website – is one place to start looking.  Owens compiled his list about 100 years ago, but the archives provides other helpful links to search for soldiers, such as the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

And don’t forget, not all of Alabama’s Revolutionary War heroes hailed from the 13 original colonies.

Men of the Gulf Coast living under the Spanish flag marched with Bernardo de Galvez, the colonial governor of Louisiana who led successful military campaigns across Louisiana and Mississippi. They took Mobile from the British  in 1780 and followed that with the capture of British Pensacola in 1781, contributing to the cause of American independence.

That means the soldiers’ descendents are eligible to apply for membership in hereditary organizations such as the SAR and the DAR.


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