Historic Markers Across Alabama

Election Riot of 1874

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Barbour County Road 49 near Comer, Alabama.
County: Barbour
Coordinates: N 32° 02.071    W 085° 22.919
  32.03451666    -85.38198333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMFMA9


Near is Old Spring Hill, the site of one of the polling places for the November 3, 1874 local, state and national elections. Elias M. Keils, scalawag and Judge of the City Court of Eufaula, was United States supervisor at the Spring Hill ballot box. William, his 16 year-old son, was with him. After the polls closed, a mob broke into the building, extinguished the lights, destroyed the poll box and began shooting. During the riot, Willie Keils was mortally wounded. The resulting Congressional investigation received national attention. This bloody episode marked the end of the Republican domination in Barbour County.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 1979.

End of Election Riot of 1874