Just a barn, somewhere in Winston County, 1999.
During the Civil War, the county tried to secede from the state of Alabama, hoping to remain neutral.
My plane lands in Birmingham
and I catch a Greyhound bus north a hundred miles to Russellville, the
county seat of Winston County, the "Free State of Winston."
I sit in the bus, an unreconstructured Viet Nam veteran, and I watch the familiar countryside of low rolling hills and red dirt farms and cotton fields that go all the way to the horizon.
The South is a big Indian reservation populated by ex-Confederates who are bred like cattle to die in Yankee wars. In Alabama there is no circus to run off to, so we join the Marines.
Welcome to Haleyville, Alabama, birthplace of Gustav Hasford.
Bob Bayer in the Russellville Public Library, Russellville, Alabama, August 2001.
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