Zachariah “Zack” Deason Allison, a native of Georgia, enlisted in Walker County in October 1862 at the age of 20.
Allison fought for the Confederacy in Company E, 28th Alabama Infantry. He was wounded in the knee in February 1864 at Tunnel Hill, Ga.
Allison was captured in December 1864 while on sick furlough and was imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio, until the end of the war.
Upon release, he walked back to Alabama in bare feet and wearing only remnants of a uniform.
Allison remained in Walker County after the war on land he homesteaded. He is buried at old Flatwood Cemetery near Nauvoo.
Allison’s granddaughter, Faye Eason of Beaumont, Texas, inherited the artifacts from his military service from her mother more than 10 years ago.
Recently, Eason began searching for a place where they could be preserved for posterity.
“We want to make sure that they’re in a good place to stay,” Eason said.
A friend referred Eason to the Bankhead House and Heritage Center. The Civil War items donated by Allison’s descendants are now part of the facility’s permanent collection.
They will also be featured prominently in the Center’s upcoming exhibit, “A Tribute to Our Military.”
“We’re thrilled because it was a big leap of trust for the family to give us something that was so important to them,” said Paul Kennedy, president of the Walker Area Community Foundation.
The miltary-themed exhibit will open July 9 and feature items from local veterans and collectors.
Conflicts from the American Revolution to the War on Terrow will be represented.
Individuals who are interested in loaning items for the exhibit may call 302-0001.