During the Civil War, Sherman's men raided the Sweetwater Plantation. One slave, named Edmund managed to warn the family of the raid. When the soldiers attempted to make their way upstairs to the rooms of the Patton's daughters, Edmund blocked their path. After the Civil War, the Patton's gave Edmund--nicknamed "Uncle Champ"--acreage and a farm house. He was also buried in the family cemetery.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
William McDonald, Civil War Tales from the Tennessee Valley. University of North Alabama archives.
Alabama cultural resource survey