Learn About Battle of Ebenezer Church at September Meeting
Just some miles northwest of Prattville stands Ebenezer Church, in Stanton, Alabama. It was here that Confederates made an attempt to slow Wilson’s Raiders as they approached Selma to destroy that Confederate bastion. At our September meeting, we will hear a talk on this battle by a resident of Stanton who has studied it all his life. Following are the words of our speaker, Mr. Charles Wayne Arnold.
I am 64 years old, and was born and raised in Stanton, Alabama. While playing in Bogles Creek at age 12, I found my first Battle of Ebenezer artifact: an 1861 Springfield rifle. Needless to say, this fired me up on the history of the War and my area of the state. When I was about 13 or 14, I was able to sit and talk with a wonderful 80+ year-old lady, "Aunt Addy" Huff, a great source for local history during the period of the War Between the States. When Aunt Addy was a young girl, she would sit and listen to elderly ladies talk during church socials and quilting parties. One of these elderly ladies was the daughter of Oliver Perry Mcgee, and she remembered April 1, 1865, when Wilson's Raiders struck the Confederate breastworks on the Mcgee Plantation. So, what I know about the battle is fairly close to an eyewitness source.