The legend of how Phenix City, Alabama came to be.
BATTLE OF GIRARD In the spring of 1865, during he time of the Civil War, the town of Tuscaloosa was attacked and subdued by Gen. James H. Wilson and his warriors...They had also took over a few more territories including Girard... In occupying Girard, the Union forces had pushed the Confederates across the river into Columbus. When Union forces attacked in Columbus, the encounter came to be known as the Battle of Girard and is considered to be the last battle of the Civil War.
PHENIX CITY INCORPORATION On February 23, 1853, the Alabama Legislature incorporated Phenix City, Alabama as a legitimate town and voted to deem it as recognized city of the state and country.
ORGANIZED CRIME Many law enforcement agents and officials abused their powers and committed crime and joined the KKK.
CRIME CLEAN UP RESISTANCE Concerned citizens began to try to clean up the crime in the city, but were reacted with violent resistance from the gambling interests. Hugh Bentley, a local businessman and Sunday School teacher organized a group to clean up the city and had his house bombed as a result.
ALBERT PATTERSON Ran and was elected as State Attorney General's Office in order to cleanup the city, but unfortunately he was killed out of office for doing what was right.
ASSASSINATION RESPONSE Homer Cobb, the mayor of Phenix City at the time, ordered all business to close and Governor Seth Gordon placed the city under martial law.