The James Gadsden Chapter NSDAR was founded in 1967 by Organizing Regent, Sybil McCluskey Atkins.
The Chapter was named for the 19th Century hero, James Gadsden, a dashing young cavalry officer under General Andrew Jackson. He was born in 1788 in Charleston, SC, and died in 1858. He served in the War of 1812 as Lieutenant of Engineers. In 1818, he served against the Seminole Indians as Captain of the staff of General Andrew Jackson. In 1820, he became Inspector General of the Southern Division with the rank of Colonel and assisted in the establishment of posts in Florida after its acquisition. He negotiated the 1832 treaty with the Seminole Indians which resulted in their removal to Oklahoma. In 1853, President Franklin Pierce appointed him Minister to Mexico with which country he negotiated the "Gadsden Purchase" which includes portions of the present states of New Mexico and Arizona.
1846, four close friends of Colonel James Gadsden, Gabriel Hughes,
Joseph Hughes, John S. Moragne, and General D.C. Turrentine,
purchased tracts of land on the west side of the Coosa River in what
was then Cherokee County, Alabama, with the intention of forming a
new town. Because of the admiration and affection they held for
their good friend and "hero of the hour," Colonel James Gadsden,
they decided to name the new town Gadsden.
Membership Information see chapter contacts below.
Registrar: Gail R. Brown
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