Old Cahawba makes list of USA’s eeriest ghost towns; Civil War walking tour is Saturday

Alabama’s first state capital, Cahawba, is featured on a Bankrate.com list of 8 Eeriest Ghost Towns.

Cahawba was a thriving frontier community on the Alabama River near Selma in Dallas County. Yellow fever and flooding were among the reasons Legislators moved the capital to Tuscaloosa in 1826. Later, Cahawba was the site of Castle Morgan, a notorious Confederate prison.

Today the site is a state archaeological park administered by the Alabama Historical Commission and well worth a visit.

On Saturday the park will host Civil War Walking Tour from 10-11 a.m. No battles were fought there, but you’ll learn about the Castle Morgan prison and how the Civil War touched the area. Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Gen. James H. Wilson met here in 1865 following the Battle of Selma.

The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the visitor center from noon-5 p.m. Old Cahawba is at 9518 Cahaba Road in Orrville. The phone and fax number is 334-872-8058.

Health of Civil War black soldiers is topic of April 25 university lecture in Birmingham

Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War,” will be the topic of the Reynolds Historical Lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on April 25.

The free program, by Dr. Margaret Humphreys, is from noon to 1 p.m. at Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd. in Birmingham. The lecture will take place in the Edge of Chaos Atrium on the library’s fourth floor.

Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University.

Copies of her book, “Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War,” will be available for signing by Humphreys immediately after the lecture.

The lecture is open to the public. A limited number of box lunches will be provided on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 205-934-4475.