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While many homes and villages in the surrounding countryside were burned in retaliation for the active guerrilla warfare in the area, Huntsville itself was spared because it housed elements of the Union Army.
After the Civil War, Huntsville became a center for cotton textile mills, such as Lincoln, Dallas, and Merrimack.
The 44 delegates meeting there wrote a constitution for the new state of Alabama.
In accordance with the new state constitution, Huntsville became Alabama's first capital when the state was admitted to the Union. Jones of Huntsville, distinguished itself at the Battle of Manassas/Bull Run, the first major encounter of the American Civil War.
Each mill had its own housing community that included everything the mill workers needed (schools, churches, grocery stores, theaters, and hardware stores, all within walking distance of the mill).
Dairy cow Lily Flagg broke the world record for butter production in 1892, spawning an elaborate party wherein her Huntsville-resident owner General Samuel H.
With the encouragement of Senator John Sparkman, the U. Army Air Force considered it for a major testing facility, but then selected another site.However, the recognized "birth" year of the city is 1805, the year of John Hunt's arrival.The city's sesquicentennial anniversary was held in 1955, David Wade arrived in Huntsville in 1817.The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010" list.
The Chickasaw traditionally claim to have settled around 1300 after coming east across the Mississippi.At the end of the war in 1945, the munitions facilities were no longer needed.