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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the William Brantley, Hugh Comer, and Thomas Martin correspondence on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend W.0060

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

November 2013

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English

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Collection Title:

William Brantley, Hugh Comer, and Thomas Martin correspondence on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Unit ID:

W.0060

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1948-1964

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Correspondence and other materials regarding the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and Creek Indian leader William Weatherford (Red Eagle)

creator

Brantley, William H. (William Henderson), 1896-1964

creator

Comer, Hugh M.

creator

Martin, Thomas W. (Thomas Wesley), 1881-1964

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III

Biographical/Historical note

William H. Brantley Jr. was born in Troy, Alabama, in 1896. He attended The University of Alabama and Harvard Law School and was one of the founding partners of the Birmingham law firm Lange, Simpson, and Brantley. He served as the president of the Alabama Historical Association from 1953-1954, and was one of the charter members of the organization. Brantley published a brief history of the battle of Horseshoe Bend for the Horseshoe Bend Battle Park Association in 1955. He died in 1964.

Hugh Comer, the son of B. B. Comer, governor and senator from Alabama, was born in 1892 in Birmingham, Alabama. A graduate of Emory and Henry College and The University of Alabama, Comer worked for his family's alrge textile company, Avondale Mills. At the time of his death in 1962, Comer was chairman of the board of Avondale Mills.

Thomas Wesley Martin was born in Scottsboro, Alabama, on August 13, 1881. While serving as Alabama Power Company Chairman of the Board, Martin petitioned Congress for the creation of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. The company purchased the battlefield in 1923; instead of creating a dam on the site, however, Martin encouraged the company to donate the land to the federal government and organized the Horseshoe Bend Battle Park Association. Martin published a brief history of the battle, titled The Story of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, in 1960. The park opened on March 27, 1965. Martin died on December 8, 1964.

Source: Alabama Authors Database, Alabama Historical Association website, Encyclopedia of Alabama, and The Tuscaloosa News.

Scope and Contents note

This series of correspondence between Avondale Mills president Hugh Comer, Alabama Power Company chairman Thomas W. Martin, and lawyer and historian William Henderson Brantley Jr. discuss an advertisement published by Avondale Mills referencing the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and Creek Indian leader William Weatherford (Red Eagle). Brantley argued that the advertisement presented inaccurate information, while Martin defended its content.

In addition to the correspondence, the collection also contains a program commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, historical pamphlets on the battle written by Brantley and Martin, and a photograph and map of the battle site.

General note

Title on volume spine: William H. Brantley vs. Thomas W. Martin on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend - 1948-1959

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

William Brantley, Hugh Comer, and Thomas Martin correspondence on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library hold other materials relating to Horseshoe Bend and its history. Please see staff for assistance.

Source(s)

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (Ala.). (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Weatherford, William, approximately 1780-1824 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Alabama (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Creek Indians--Alabama--History--19th century (lcsh)

Creek War, 1813-1814 (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Correspondence Volume W0060.01