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PLACE WHERE AARON BURR WAS CAPTURED.

Wakefield Alabama

Wakefield is a ghost town in Washington County, Alabama, most famous as the place where former vice president Aaron Burr was arrested in 1807.

Wakefield was in a bend of the Tombigbee River near present-day McIntosh Bluff. The settlement was named by territorial judge Harry Toulmin after Oliver Goldsmith’s novel The Vicar of Wakefield. Wakefield was the county seat of Washington County from 1805 to 1809.

Aaron Burr - Burr was vice president of the United States from 1801 to 1805. He was arrested for treason in 1807 in the Alabama territory.

Aaron Burr – Burr was vice president of the United States from 1801 to 1805. He was arrested for treason in 1807 in the Alabama territory.

The arrest of Aaron Burr took place in February 1807. On his way to Spanish West Florida to evade an arrest order issued by President Thomas Jefferson, Burr was spotted by a federal land agent who reported the sighting to U.S. Army Lieutenant Edmund P. Gaines. Gaines arrested Burr on February 19 near Wakefield, two miles below Colonel Henson’s, and detained him at Fort Stoddert. Gaines later testified at Burr’s trial, which ended in acquittal.

A marker placed by the Alabama Historical Association commemorates the Burr capture.

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