The brick courthouse in Guntersville, which was destroyed by Union attacks on the unarmed city.
Monday, January 23, 2017, the City of Guntersville, Alabama opened their arms to this author, thanks to a gracious and socially-connected historian Larry Smith. At the Marshall County Archives, we were joined by another historian, Keith Finley. Then, Anthony Campbell, the editor of Guntersville Advertiser-Gleam, dropped in for photos, and with plans to showcase my visit in a feature article. Next, to the Guntersville Historical Museum which was host of a meet-and-greet for regional historians, museum curators and docents. After lunching at the Courthouse among a few of Larry’s friends— the “movers, shakers, and decision makers” of Marshall County, including at least one judge— he opened the Gilbreath House Museum. They actually have an non-detonated Parrot shell from one of the Union attacks of the City during the Civil War, this one likely in 1862 and a scene found in Trapped in the Crossfire. I departed the City with three invitations for future speaking engagements with book signings, and opportunity for more. Guntersville clearly has a passion for history. I felt right at home there.