Before the Civil War, Norcross was a reporter in Philadelphia, and he served in several regiments of the Union Army during war. He moved to Alabama in 1867 to take advantage of business and political opportunities during reconstruction, but he left the state for New York in 1869. In the letter he discusses Alabama's industrial opportunities and political news, including the upcoming ratification of the new constitution.
Creator: John E. Norcross Letter
Date: 1868 January 11
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History