Tag: Civil War

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PATRON + 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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PATRON + A Tennessee newspaper moved often, then ceased publication in Selma, Alabama

Francis M. “Franc” Paul established the Chattanooga Daily Rebel in August 1862, after the town’s two newspapers had merged, then suspended publication earlier that year. "The Rebel was…

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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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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…

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PATRON + There were many people against the Civil War in Alabama including these Unionists in Montgomery, Alabama in 1861 [films]

Thirty Unionists in Montgomery In the small city of Montgomery, Alabama of some ten thousand people, around 1861,  there were approximately thirty who were…

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Simpson Manuscript – Details and names of people involved in the Inauguration of Jefferson Davis

Excerpt from ALABAMA STATE CAPITOL AN HISTORICAL SKETCH, Brochure by JAMES B. SIMPSON, Late Recording Secretary to the Governor JANUARY 1898 Roemer Printing Co.,…