Historic Markers Across Alabama

Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison

Marker ID: SCV 
Location: on 5th Street (U.S. 231) south of 9th Avenue, AL
County: St. Clair
Coordinates: N 33° 50.034    W 086° 15.318
  33.8339    -86.2553
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD2MJ


In 1870 St. Clair Co. was still under Radical Republican Reconstruction. On August 20, 1870 honorable men of the County (former Confederates) had decided to hold the first Democratic Convention after the War Between the States. The meeting would be held at the Courthouse in Ashville. Former Sgt. E. Frank Harrison, Co. F. 10th Ala. Infantry Regiment was selected as one of the delegates. As Sgt. Harrison and a number of Confederate Veterans approached the Courthouse, they were ambushed by the cowardly"Springfield Gang”, led by H. J. Springfield, a Confederate deserter and outlaw of the worst kind. On this spot Sgt. Harrison was shot and killed by H. J. Springfield. Due to Harrison's death, the meeting was postponed and then held at Bolton's Crossroads.

Erected by Sgt. E. Frank Harrison Camp No. 1527 Sons of Confederate Veterans.

End of Assassination Site of Sgt. E. Frank Harrison