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A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy

 
 
A Nation Divided Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
1. A Nation Divided Marker
Inscription. 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)

(Continued from other side)

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.
 
Erected 1996 by Montgomery Area Chamber
Cradle of the Confederacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. Cradle of the Confederacy Marker
of Commerce / Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation / Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 32° 22.644′ N, 86° 18.087′ W. Marker was in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker was at the intersection of South Bainbridge Street and Dexter Avenue, on the left when traveling north on South Bainbridge Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government (a few steps from this marker); Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); John Allan Wyeth (within shouting distance of this marker); James Marion Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); Selma-to-Montgomery March (within shouting distance of this marker); Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Additional comments.
A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
3. A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker
taken from intersection of Dexter & Bainbridge.
1. Marker removed/missing.

The whole Dexter Avenue area was renovated and landscaped. Marker went missing or was removed at that time.
    — Submitted December 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jefferson Davis' inauguration image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
4. Jefferson Davis' inauguration
located on the west portico of the state capitol.
Alabama State House chamber image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
5. Alabama State House chamber
Alabama's Ordinance of Secession was signed in this room. Plaque above the Speaker's podium describes this.
Ordinance of Secession plaque image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
6. Ordinance of Secession plaque
IN THIS HALL
The ordinance of Secession which withdrew Alabama from the Union of Sovereign States, was passed
JAN. 11, 1861.
To commemorate this fact, this tablet is erected by THE LADIES' MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION of Montgomery, NOV. 7, 1911.
Former location of A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2015
7. Former location of A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker
Former location of A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2015
8. Former location of A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,210 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 4, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   7, 8. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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