15 State Guide to Civil War Sesquicentennial Travel

April 08, 2011 12:00 am(8 comments) Post a comment

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Alabama: From Civil War to Civil Rights

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<p>As the first capital of the Confederacy, Montgomery is a great base for your exploration and Selma is only a one-hour drive away. For another dose of U.S. history, consider visiting the many prominent Civil Rights sites in the state.</p> <p><strong>First White House of the Confederacy:</strong> Built between 1832 and 1835, this Montgomery building was occupied by Jefferson Davis and his family while the government of the Confederacy was being organized. <a href="http://www.firstwhitehouse.org/">Learn More.</a></p> <p><strong>Selma: </strong>With the Confederacy's second-largest arsenal and foundry, the town was the target of Union attack in 1865, Alabama's only major inland Civil War battle. <a href="http://www.selmaalabama.com/">Learn more.</a></p> <p><strong>Worth Noting: </strong> <a href="http://www.blakeleypark.com/">Historic Blakeley State Park</a>, <a href="http://www.battleofmobilebay.com/">Mobile Bay</a>, <a href="http://civilwar150th.org/">Alabama Tri-State Civil War Association</a></p>

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  • RogerBarker on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM

    Ohio is filled with incredible history, including some amazing events and destinations honoring the Ameircan Civil War. Visit places such as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor where you can learn about this past president’s time as a soldier, and the Harriet Beacher Stowe House in Cincinnati where you can get to know the real woman who wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and helped set the Civil War in motion. Visit http://www.ohiocivilwar150.org for more Civil War-related events.

  • mrsdenison on Apr 13, 2011 at 02:06 PM

    Definitely visit Blakeley Sate park on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, Alabama!  You will see the battlefield much as the soldiers saw it just over 150 years ago.  While there take the boat tour of the delta and learn more about the American Civil War, as well as other significant historical events in the Mobile River Delta area not to mention the chance to view all kinds of wildlife while on the very informative tour.  Besides, the park needs as many of you tourists & history buffs as it can get.  Support your state parks!

  • StephanieNH on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    New Hampshire is also remembering the Civil War and the 39,700 men who volunteered to fight, serving and dying in places like Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg and Ft. Wagner. A new website tracks the Civil War 150th commemorations taking place in New Hampshire 2011-2015: http://civilwar150nh.onefireplace.com