A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy

A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy (HMOE3)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36131 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 22.644', W 86° 18.087'

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The Alabama State Capitol served as the symbol and meeting place for the government of the newly formed Confederate States of America for 4 months in early 1861. Growing controversy over slavery and states' rights, climaxed by Abraham Lincoln's election as U.S. president in Nov. 1860, prompted the secession of 7 Southern states, including Alabama, by early Feb. 1861. On Feb. 4, delegates from 6 of these states convened in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol to organize a separate government. In the ensuing weeks, the assembly adopted a Constitution, established governmental departments, and elected a chief executive. (Continued on other side)

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Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was inaugurated as president of the CSA provisional government on the State Capitol portico on Feb. 18, 1861. On Mar. 4, the first national flag of the Confederacy was hoisted over the Capitol itself. While government offices rented nearby quarters, the State Capitol continued to serve as the meeting place for the provisional Confederate Congress. Following the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, and Lincoln's call for volunteers, 4 additional states seceded. In May 1861, the capital was moved to Richmond, Va. where it remained until April 1865.
HM NumberHMOE3
Year Placed1996
Placed ByMontgomery Area Chamber of Commerce / Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation / Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565710 N 3582483
Decimal Degrees32.37740000, -86.30145000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.644', W 86° 18.087'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 38.64" N, 86° 18' 5.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20-78 S Bainbridge St, Montgomery AL 36131, US
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