"Gem of the Hills"Life here has long centered on education beginning in 1834 when a one-acre plot of land was reserved for a schoolhouse. Through the years, various institutions of higher learning developed that culminated into present-day Jacksonville State University. Land that was to become Jacksonville was purchased from Creek Indian Chief Ladiga in 1833. Originally called Drayton, its name was changed to Jacksonville in 1836. Jacksonville experienced a rich heritage as the county seat of Calhoun County. Its tranquility attracted new residents, and businesses prospered, however, the prosperity was broken by the War Between the States. In 1899, the county seat was moved to Anniston. A majority of Jacksonville's male population, including four generals and the "Gallant Pelham," fought for the Confederacy. At various times, the town was headquarters for Generals Beauregard, Wheeler, Polk and B. M. Hill before occupation by Federal troops. Many Confederate heroes are buried in the City Cemetery.
|Placed By||Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Jacksonville|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 11:31am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 613527 N 3742647|
|Decimal Degrees||33.81795000, -85.77330000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 49.077', W 85° 46.398'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 49' 4.62" N, 85° 46' 23.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 205 Chief Ladiga Trail, Jacksonville AL 36265, US|
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