Following on from my last post of Blakeley, Alabama, the site was serenely quiet and tranquil. In 1865 the Civil War battle of Blakeley commenced. Ultimately 261 people died, hundreds were injured and over 3000 Confederate soldiers were captured by the Union. You can tour the battlefield, seeing the Confederate fortifications and other details. Prior to this sadness, Blakely had been occupied by the Apalachee who had fled their home in Florida after a British led Creek battle. Then it was chartered as the town of Blakeley by an early settler, Josiah Blakeley in 1814.
In the early days it was a thriving community but as I previously mentioned yellow fever and malaria killed so many people that the place was abandoned, to all intents and purposes. No one really knew what the cause of the illness was and it was referred to as “Bad Air”. Anyone who lives in the tropical south knows how oppressive a hot humid day can be but by comparison to Houston, the air seemed as fresh as a daisy.
There is a Calahaba Lily River Association – it is an aquatic plant found only in the south-east.
The state symbol of Louisiana is the fleur-de-lis based on the real Iris above.
The residents seem peaceful these days…
Battlegrounds often have a pervasive feeling of gloom but the wildlife has taken over most of the area leaving a sense of ‘life goes on’.