Final part of a series
According to the captain’s log, the almost total destruction of Guntersville ended at 3:50 p.m. on Jan. 11, 1865.
Only seven buildings remained in the once thriving river town: The Marshall County Courthouse, the Guntersville Hotel, a Masonic Lodge, the city jail, a school and two residences – the Gilbreath house on Blount Avenue and the Nickles house on Hill Avenue.
A popular story concluded that the reason Col. Montgomery Gilbreath’s house was spared was because he was a Mason and one of the commanders of the Marines who did the burning was a Mason.
Since the Masonic Lodge was also spared, this was probably a correct assumption.
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