Montgomery, Alabama

Day 535

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     At the conclusion of the Creek War of 1814, much of the land that would become Alabama came under American control, 21 million acres. In 1817, Congress established the Alabama Territory and designated the town of St. Stephens as the capital. 

     The Towns of New Philadelphia and East Alabama Town merged on December 3, 1819, and were incorporated as the town of Montgomery. Montgomery, Alabama was named for Richard Montgomery, born December 2, 1738, a brigadier general in the Continental Army.

     Alabama was admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819, and Montgomery became the State Capital on January 28, 1846

     Beginning February 4, 1861, representatives from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina met in Montgomery to host the Southern Convention, which ultimately formed the Confederate States of America. Montgomery was named the first capital of the nation, and Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President on the steps of the State Capitol building on February 18, 1861.

     We were given a private tour of the Capital Building, in which we saw the Senate Chamber, were the Confederate States of America was born

Day 535 Montgomery AL 8211_Fotorand the house chamber, where President Davis met with his cabinet.  Day 535 Montgomery AL 8225_Fotor

     I think that was his spittoon. 

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     When you feel inside, there’s still some spit in there. 

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     The walls and ceilings inside the Capital Building are completely flat, but painted to look 3D. My wife says it is called “Trompe-l’œil”. Day 535 Montgomery AL 8231_Fotor

     And they have a very neat spiral staircase that goes up 3 stories. 

     Jefferson Davis and his family resided here 

Day 535 Montgomery AL 8172_Fotorin what is now called the First White House of the Confederacy. Actually, when he was living there it was not called that. In fact, the White House in Washington wasn’t named that until President Theodore Roosevelt established the formal name in 1901, well after the Civil War. 

     Davis lived here for a short time, as the Capital of the Confederacy was moved to Richmond Virginia on May 8, 1861. The house was built in 1835 by William Sayre, and at the time of the War of Northern Aggression was owned by Col. Edmond Harrison, a cotton planter. He leased the house to the Confederacy for use as a residence of the Davis family. 

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Technical Stuff:

Mobile, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama: 181.7 miles

3 hours 33 minutes

10.7 MPG

Diesel: $2.50

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