Tag: Civil War

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A former African-American slave who became a pastor reveals how he felt when he first acquired his freedom

Excerpt from The Cyclopedia of the Colored Baptists of Alabama – Their Leaders and Their Work copyright 1896 – In this transcribed excerpt, a…

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Did you know that Thanksgiving was a Yankee holiday and not celebrated in Alabama until 1858 – here is why [vintage pictures]

Yankee holiday Thanksgiving was not observed as a holiday in Alabama until 1858 when the governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and North and South…

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Did you know the CSS Alabama was built in secrecy in England during the War Between the States? Here is why.

On June 19, 1864 The CSS Alabama, captained by Mobile’s Raphael Semmes, was sunk at the end of a fierce naval engagement with the…

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This article from 1861 describes what volunteers for service in the Confederacy had to furnish from home

During the War Between the States, men who volunteered for service from the South had to furnish their own clothing and equipment while in…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Is this a photograph from the Titanic? [see film] No, it is one of many steamships built by an Alabama native before the Civil War

When the building of steamboats was still in its infancy, one Alabamian built floating palaces, as fine and as fast as money could produce. He…