Alabama seceded from the Union on January 11, 1861, the fourth state to do so. She then played host to the first Confederate capital in Montgomery, where representatives from the Confederate states elected Jefferson Davis their President, and drafted a constitution.
One hundred thousand Alabamians fought for the Confederacy and sixteen generals named our state as their birthplace.Perhaps Alabama’s greatest contribution was its industrial and agricultural resources. Her ironworks armed the Confederate troops, while her farms fed troops throughout the South.
Alabama was one of the least fought over Southern states, but both Northern and Southern troops passed through Alabama on their way to battle elsewhere. Our most significant battle was fought over Mobile bay and the city of Mobile.
Visit Alabama today to see its varied contributions to the Confederacy at various Civil War sites, including the Capitol and of course the First White House in Montgomery.