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    Birmingham, Alabama

    Default April 11 2nd Saturday RTE (Deux)

    Picnic Lunch at the Pine Torch Church

    Hello Alabeemers,

    Here is our revised April 11, 2020 - 2nd Saturday RTE information:

    We will meet at the Circle K located at I 65, Exit 247 (Valleydale Road); stands up at 8:30am with a full tank and an empty bladder. On the way we will go on back roads crossing the Warrior River through Jasper and stop to see the *Dual Destiny statue in Double Springs. Then continue on to the curvy SR 33 through the beautiful Bankhead Forest to the historical old log Pine Torch Church for a picnic lunch (we’re our own chefs). If you have a camp chair, bring it with you in case the church pews have been removed, and please don’t forget your beverage. After lunch, we will continue north on SR 33 to the Warrior Mountain Trading Post for fuel and a walk-through tour of the trading post. 125 miles - 3 1/2 hours

    On the way back to Birmingham, we will stop to see the old Historical Jail in Houston, then on to I 22 and I 65 back to the Circle K starting point. 104 miles - 2 hrs 15 minutes

    The long range AccuWeather forecast looks good with 70* temps and only a 20% chance precip.

    *"At the Winston County Courthouse, a statue of a Civil War soldier flanked by billowing Confederate and Union flags, representing the "Free State of Winston". The Plaque reads: The Civil War was not fought between the north and the south but between the Union and the Confederate armies. Perhaps as many as 300,000 Southerners served in the Union Army. The majority of the Appalachian south from West Virginia to Winston County was pro-union. Winston provided 239 confederate soldiers, 21 of whom shared last names.

    This Civil War soldier, 1/2 union and 1/2 confederate, symbolizes the war within a war and honors the Winstonians in both armies. Their shiny new swords of 1861 were by 1865 as broken as the spirits of the men who bore them; and their uniforms of blue and gray once fresh and clean, were now as worn and patched as the bodies and souls they contained. Johnny Reb and Billy Yank disillusioned; but the realities of war shared dual destinies as pragmatic Americans in a reunioned nation.

    While viewing the statue, notice how the soldier’s face bears tragedy, with a cap pulled tight against the brow. His eyes have seen what cannot be unseen. And notice the broken hilt of his sword in his right hand and the broken blade under his left foot. Imagine what he was thinking as he destroyed his sword.

    Winston County had 239 Union and 112 Confederate soldiers identified in war rosters. A county divided. Furthermore, 21 soldiers had shared surnames. Brother against brother. Family against family. An added perspective is that Winston County was not the only southern county proclaiming loyalty to the United States instead of to the Confederacy. Counties in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee also expressed public allegiance to the union. Some estimates indicate that as many as 300,000 Southerners served in the Union army."
    Last edited by R90srider; 03-19-2020 at 05:37 PM.
    Bob Steber
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