home_page_slideshow

ABOUT OUR NEXT MEETING –WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

box vig

Join us Wednesday, January 8, 2020 For a Very Special Guest: Michael P. Rucker.
TOPIC: Civil War Experiences of Colonel Edmund W. Rucker

Bill Finch

The Meanest & Damnest Job, The Civil War Experiences and Civilian History of Colonel Edmund Winchester Rucker.



Michael P. Rucker will be speaking about his book, The Meanest & Damnest Job, The Civil War Experiences and Civilian History of Colonel Edmund Winchester Rucker.

Most Civil War histories focus on the performance of top-level generals. However, it was the individual officers below them who actually led the troops to enact the orders. Some of these were remarkably effective. One such officer was Edmund Winchester Rucker. He was a force to be reckoned with, both during the Civil War and in his post-war business ventures. He was courageous, tough, and resourceful, and achieved significant results in every assignment.

After the war, Colonel Rucker and General Forrest became business partners in a railroad-building project. Rucker did well from this venture and became one of the wealthiest early entrepreneurs in Birmingham. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Fort Rucker in Alabama was named in his honor.

Michael Rucker’s interest in the Civil War began during his high school days in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his brother Henry formed a tour guide service to take visitors to the many Civil War sites in that area.

Mike began to study Edmund Winchester Rucker – a distant relative – at this time and became fascinated with his history. It required more than ten years of research to accumulate all the necessary information about this fascinating personality.

Mike has one previous book on Civil War history: Bridge Burner: The Full and Factual Story of Dr. William Parks Rucker, Slave-Owning Union Partisan.

 

JCHA MARKER PROGRAM

box vig
Edgewood Lake sign

Historical Marker Locations

  • Independent Presbyterian Church
  • The Little Theatre
  • The Alabama Theatre
  • Shades Valley High School (original site)
  • Mountain Brook
  • Homewood
  • Rosedale
  • Hollywood
  • Edgewood
  • Briarwood Presbyterian Church
  • Will Franke/Early Mountain Brook Village
  • St. Vincent's Hospital
  • Oldest House in Shades Valley/Irondale Furnace Commissary
  • Union Hill Cemetery/Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church/Union Hill School
  • Lane Park
  • Birmingham Water Works Company/Cahaba Pumping Station
  • Irondale Furnace/Wallace S. McElwain
  • The Old Mill/Robert Jemison, Jr.
  • Brock's Gap/The South & North Railroad Cut/Gateway to Birmingham
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church
  • Edgewood Lake

ABOUT US

box vig
Jefferson County Historical Association meeting

Recent meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Association

The Jefferson County Historical Association (JCHA) is dedicated to preserving, educating and publicizing local history through quarterly meetings, the Jefferson Journal newsletter and social media, as well as promoting historical preservation efforts.

Originally founded as the Birmingham Historical Society in 1942, the Society was reorganized in 1975 as the Birmingham-Jefferson County Historical Society and was later re-named the Jefferson County Historical Association in 2011.

Since 1992, the JCHA has erected over 20 historical markers throughout Jefferson County, and sells over 10 books and publications written by local authors, including former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett.

In 2003, the JCHA formed the Birmingham History Center to preserve the region’s fascinating history through a collection of historical artifacts and memorabilia. In January 2018, Vulcan Park & Museum announced a partnership with the Birmingham History Center, ensuring the continued preservation and sharing of our unique history and stories.

Josiah Morris

Josiah Morris–an early founder of Birmingham

For anyone who has a recommendation for a historical marker in Jefferson County, please contact the JCHA to place for consideration and review. Email:

Jefferson County Alabama–a Brief History.

With the founding of the state of Alabama, Jefferson County was also established in December 1821 and is the most populous county in Alabama. Most of the original immigrants were veterans from the War of 1812. With agricultural pursuits in mind, their attention quickly shifted to the area’s immense mineral wealth which gave rise to the iron and steel industry.

Birmingham was founded in 1871 six years after the Civil War ended during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, most notably Elyton. The new city was named for Birmingham, England, the UK's 2nd largest city and, at the time, a major industrial city.

Southern Railway train Sunnyland

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

The Alabama city emerged as a primary industrial center of the southern United States based on mining, the new iron and steel industry and rail transport through the end of the 1960s. Birmingham’s growth from 1881 through 1920 earned it nicknames such as "The Magic City" and "The Pittsburgh of the South."

The economy diversified in the latter half of the 20th century: Banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education and insurance have become major economic activities. Birmingham ranks as one of the largest banking centers in the U.S. Also, it is among the most important business centers in the Southeast.