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Historic Home For Sale

Because this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, much attention is being paid to historic landmarks, battlefields, and relics pertaining to the momentous event. Sadly, some are in danger of becoming extinct. One such place is the Magee Farm. Also known as the Jacob Magee House, the structure, built in 1848, is located in Kushla, Alabama near Mobile.

On April 29, 1865, one of the final events of the War Between the States happened here. Confederate General Richard Taylor made preliminary arrangements for surrender to Union General Edward Canby. The ceasefire took place nearly three weeks after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.Taylor’s troops of approximately 47,000 men were the last Confederate forces east of the Mississippi River.

The Magee Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 11, 1988. Because of dwindling funds and interest, it was listed for sale last year. It is also listed on the Alabama Historical Commission’s Places in Peril.

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