Civil War historian will talk on Alabamians loyal to the Union

Larry Hathcock, retired school teacher and Civil War historian from Ashville will give a talk entitled “Alabama Tories: Alabamians Who Remained Loyal to the Union” on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 1:00 p.m. at Blount County Memorial Museum.

The talk will be supplemented by a slide show and will focus specifically on conditions in pre-Civil War Alabama – particularly in Blount and Winston counties – that led to secession. Also covered are the effects of the Confederate draft and its impact on Blount County, and an overview of the First Alabama Cavalry, a unit comprising largely Union supporters from Alabama.

Hathcock was born near Ashville in St. Clair County in 1944 and moved to Blount County after World War II. He attended first and second grades at Appalachian School before moving back to St. Clair County in 1952, and on to Michigan in late 1953. He spent much of his working life in Michigan.

In his biographical sketch, Hathcock said his interest in the Civil War arose from hearing stories of relatives who had served on both sides of the conflict. He has been a Civil War re-enactor for 25 years and has both Union and Confederate uniforms since his relatives fought on both sides.

He became involved with Civil War history in 1981 when he began research on his mother’s grandfather, who served in the 5th Georgia Infantry. Since retiring in 2000, Hathcock said, he has given talks to many schools and Civil War Round Tables in Michigan.

Hathcock Gap on Straight Mountain, he wrote, was named for his great-great-grandfather who bought land there in 1858. It is located near the junction of the Blount, St. Clair, and Etowah county lines. His grandfather and greatgrandfather worked in the Champion mines.