As we noted in our last blog, yesterday was the 150 anniversary of Alabama’s secession from the Union, and it seemed to pass by mostly unnoticed. Perhaps that was a good thing, judging by some recent articles that have appeared in newspapers and on the Internet throughout the country.

The Montgomery Advertiser was kind enough yesterday to print the first in a three-part series of columns on life in Montgomery during the Civil War, written by General John H. Napier, III. The material was originally in the Alabama Review, copyright 1988 and is used by permission.

The article was titled “Young Montgomery Became First Capital – Confederate Choice” and gives several reasons why the Confederacy chose Montgomery as their Capital. One reason was because it was the home of William Lowndes Yancey, “the high priest of secession” who had made the city a center of separatist feeling, according to General Napier.

A logo saying 150 was placed at the top of the article. General Napier’s material is factual and educational and kudos to the Montgomery Advertiser for printing it. The second article appeared today. I will write about it next time, and I do urge you to read this series in the Advertiser.