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5 Fun Facts About October 19 In Alabama History

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1. On October 19, 1813, the Creek War came to a close with the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. General Andrew Jackson led an army of 3,000 against 1,000 Red Stick Creek warriors, resulting in a decisive victory for the United States.

2. In 1864, Union forces under the command of General William T. Sherman marched through Alabama, burning and destroying much of the state's infrastructure. On October 19, his army reached the city of Gadsden, where they encountered minimal resistance.

3. On October 19, 1914, Annie Mae Etheridge was born in Alabama. She would go on to become a prominent writer and educator, known for her work documenting the history of African Americans in the South.

4. In 1973, University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his 200th career victory with a 77-6 rout of Virginia Tech. Bryant remains one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with a career record of 323 wins, 85 losses, and 17 ties.

5. On October 19, 2011, the Tuscaloosa County courthouse was renamed in honor of Judge John H. England Jr., a pioneering civil rights attorney and the first African American judge appointed to the Alabama circuit court. England served on the bench for over thirty years, earning a reputation as a fair and impartial jurist.
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