Orig. pub. Montgomery 1872. Reprinted 1975, 1988. Print on Demand Edition 2013. (vi), 712 pp., index. Item #14
Willis Brewer, in this second comprehensive history of Alabama, created a work that Thomas M. Owen in his Bibliography (1898) called "the most valuable contribution to the history of the State yet made." In the first section of the book, he gives a brief historical review of the history of the state from 1540 to 1872 dealing with exploration, the Indians, natural resources, economic development, the territorial period, and state politics in general. In the second section entitled "The Counties of Alabama," Brewer presents the history of each county giving its creation, its location, its aboriginal history, its resources, names of county officials over the years, and approximately five hundred biographical sketches of prominent citizens. The third section entitled "The War Between the States," presents a brief sketch of each regiment of infantry and cavalry with the names of field officers, staff officers, captains, and the counties from which their companies came. Similar information is given for each battery. Campaigns and battles fought in are listed for the units. Brewer was a lawyer, farmer, and newspaper editor with an active interest in government and its people. He served in a variety of public offices.