In an e-mail dated June 21, 2003, Bill Robinson sent us the following:
The following is taken from the Claybank Memories - A history of Dale Co. Alabama
(The following stories were written by Hardy W. B. Price in April 27, 1904 issue of the Southern Star.)
“There were two parties in Dale County, when I move there in 1846, who were bitter enemies. One of the parties was led and controlled by Alsa B. McCarty and the other by Arch Justice. Having known the McCartys in Georgia, as a natural consequence I drifted into that party almost imperceptibly, without realizing the fact. Really there was no issue between them; it was simply who was the best fighter, McCarty or Justice. Backed by their friends, they had two or three fights and never decided the championship.
“One night an attack was made upon Gappa T. Yelverton at his house near McCarty’s bridge across Claybank Creek with the intention to assassinate him, and he became so alarmed that he hired a guard and stationed them at his house every night for some time. After the attack was made upon him, he had warrants taken out for Alsa B. McCarthy, T. W. McCarty, and W. A. McCarty, and for Judge Phillip McCarty, the father of the three first named. The Judge was arrested but the others eluded the officer. The Judge was taken to Newton and in the meantime he had sent to Eufaula for James L. Pugh to defend him, and Yelverton acted for the prosecution. A great many persons attended the trial, and many witnesses were in attendance, and the trial lasted about two days, and ended without a conviction. The boys were never arrested, and ultimately it died out without any more trouble.” (NOTE: Gappa T. Yelverton was probate judge of Dale County from 1841 to 1846, and during the Civil War he was probate judge of Coffee County.)
Coincidently, this is the approximate time that Tillman W. McCarty moved to Mississippi, and now we know why……….Bill
Note from Bruce ... i found this several years ago but never could find my notes after i got home ... so it's nice to see it again ... what *I* read though was that Tillman fled to Misssissippi ...