The Hanging of Bill Sketoe

The Hanging of Bill Sketoe (HM260P)

Location: Newton, AL 36352 Dale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 20.648', W 85° 36.742'

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Near this site on Dec. 3, 1864 Bill Sketoe, a Methodist minister was
hanged by Newton Home Guards who thought that he was a traitor
to the Confederacy. In truth, Mr. Sketoe had served 3 years in the
Confederate army and had come home on leave to see his sick wife.

The home guard hanged him from an oak tree near the old bridge.
To keep his feet from touching the ground a hole was dug under
them. This mysterious hole remained clean for many years after
that sad day. The site is now part of the flood prevention area.

The original bronze marker was badly damaged and washed down
river by the flood of 1990. It may be seen in the Newton museum.
HM NumberHM260P
Placed ByThe Newton Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 631999 N 3468573
Decimal Degrees31.34413333, -85.61236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 20.648', W 85° 36.742'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 20' 38.88" N, 85° 36' 44.52" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near AL-123, Newton AL 36352, US
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