Civil War in Alabama
Civil War in Montgomery, Alabama
In 1861 gallant Southern politicians gathered at the State Capitol in Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America. The telegram starting the American Civil War was sent from Montgomery.
The Executive residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery. Furnished with original period pieces, the First White House of the Confederacy is located at 644 Washington Ave and is open for tours.
Civil War in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile at Alabama’s Southern tip is also rich in American Civil War history. The Mobile Civil War Trail stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County, a distance of 90 miles and documents the Battle of the Bay (August 1864). The Fort Gaines Historic Site was the site of the actual Battle of the Bay ("Damn the Torpedoes: Full Speed Ahead") and shows the battlements and soldiers' living quarters which were used from the 1800's to 1946.
The Historic Blakeley State Park a few miles north of Mobile is a two thousand acre park and the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. With both a nature and history theme, the park has a Nature Center where tours into the river delta on the Delta Explorer, weekend camping and group functions take place.
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