The Alabama Civil War Trail
The Alabama Civil War Trail is an absolute must for anyone with a keen interest in history or war (or both!); this 45 site trail is packed with historic intrigue. The Cotton State didn't suffer the extensive damage of states like Georgia – however, it was still very much a prominent state throughout the war.
Did you know?
- Alabama was the birthplace of the Confederacy.
- Montgomery, Alabama was the chosen provisional capital of the Confederate States of America.
- It was in Alabama, in April 1861, that the order to commence hostilities originated.
- In 1865, some of the last battles of the war were fought on Alabama soil.
- Nearly two dozen of the Civil War battles are re-enacted each year in Alabama.
Credit: Alabama Tourism, Billy Pope
Highlights Of The Trail
- Alabama State Capitol - Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America on 18th February, 1861. A star on the Capitol steps marks his historic inauguration.
- Mobile Bay - The site of one of the major Civil War battles, but also a major strategic factor of the war through its railroads – crucial for shipping munitions, supplies and troops.
- Historic Blakeley State Park - The site of the last major battle of the conflict. Now, you can enjoy over 10 miles of hiking paths, biking trails and campsites.
- Confederate Memorial park – Located in Marbury, Alabama, relays the story of Confederate soldiers both during and after the war.
- Historic Fort Gaines – Fort Gaines was a crucial site for the south during the Civil War. Its well-preserved ramparts have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years.
- Selma - The Battle of Selma was part of the Union’s campaign known as Wilson’s raid toward the end of the conflict.
Credit: Ed Hall
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