McIntosh is a small town located in Washington County, Alabama, along U.S. Highway 43. It is south of Wagarville and north of Mobile. It was named for William McIntosh, a prominent Creek chief of the nineteenth century. The town and county have a high proportion of residents who are members of the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians, a state-recognized tribe of people of the Muskogean-speaking language family.
McIntosh is near the site of where Aaron Burr was arrested in 1807 while the area was part of the Mississippi Territory. He was captured by U.S. Army Lt. Edmund P. Gaines in the town of Wakefield, a few miles to the north, and then confined to Fort Stoddert. A historic marker has been placed to document this event.