The closest neighbor in proximity to the First White House of the Confederacy is the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Its new (and only 6th Director in its history) is Steve Murray who spoke to the Cradle of the Confederacy Chapter of the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy) today at our Feb meeting.
He told us exciting news, that the next phase of their new exhibition will have alot of “Civil War” information. Of course we know this as the “War Between the States” but we will not fall on our swords about the verbage.
The best part is that it will be about the “Wah” in Alabama. There will be medical information such as women in the war effort, and how they went about raising money, sending clothes and money to Richmond, etc. I am sure our “Gunboat Quilt” will fit into the category of raising money for the cause.
There will also be “home front living”, such as blockades, agricultural output being diminished because of the war, and consequently war shortages to be included, for example, substitutes for leather, and books being printed on wallpaper since there was no real paper to be had.
Another category will be what has happened to the black people after emancipationhich should be most educational. I am confident the entire exhibit,which is huge in scope, will be very well done and educational, and I can hardly wait for it to happen (another year?).