Growing up, Albert befriended many of the Creek and frontier traders that frequented his father’s store. From them he began to piece together the early history of the state which he later determined to put into writing.
Pickett studied law, but never practiced professionally, instead devoting his time to literature, agriculture and historical research. He traveled widely and corresponded with archivists and book dealers in the Atlantic states and Europe in order to document various parts of his history of the state. The two-volume History of Alabama was published in Charleston, South Carolina in 1851.
“Peter McQueen, at the head of the Tallase warriors; High-Head Jim, with the
Autaugas; and Josiah Francis, with the Alabamas, numbering in all three hundred
and fifty, departed for Pensacola with many pack-horses. On their way they beat
and drove off all the Indians who not take the war talk. The brutal McQueen beat
an unoffending white trader within an inch of his life, and carried the wife of
Curnells, the government interpreter, a prisoner to Pensacola. The village of
Hatchechubba was reduced to ashes.
BATTLE OF THE HORSE-SHOE — WEATHERFORD SURRENDERS HIMSELF AT FORT JACKSON
REMARKABLE CANOE FIGHT–BATTLE OF HOLY GROUND– MARCH TO CAHABA OLD TOWNS
Battles of Emucfau, Enitachopco and Calbec
Albert James Pickett uses the preface of his book to relate the efforts undertaken to acquire information for the book.
Pickett describes the similarities and differences f various tribes he contacts. He tells of American Indian dress, culture and customs.
De Soto in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi