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United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol

Apr. 12, 1865

 
 
United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 1998
1. United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker
Inscription. MG J.H.Wilson’s Cavalry Corps raised U.S. flag over Alabama’s and the Confederacy’s first Capitol on 4/12/65, three days after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Wilson had defeated LTG N.B. Forrest’s depleted and vastly outnumbered troops at the Confederate Arsenal city of Selma. Before fleeing Montgomery, BG D.W. Adams, CSA ordered 85,000 bales of cotton and 40,000 bushels of corn set afire to deny them to the Federals. But for the wind’s change and the heroic Montgomery firefighters, the city would have burned. Wilson left Montgomery for Columbus, GA on Friday, 4/14/65, the day Lincoln was shot by Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
 
Erected 1996 by Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society Preservation and Promotion Foundation Alabama Historical Society.
 
Location. 32° 22.64′ N, 86° 18.069′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Bainbridge Street and Dexter Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Bainbridge Street. Touch for map. West grounds of Alabama State Capitol Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Bainbridge Street, Montgomery AL 36131, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker
Marker is to the right of the Capitol steps in this view.
of this marker. Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (a few steps from this marker); James Marion Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); John Allan Wyeth (within shouting distance of this marker); A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Memory of General Marquis De La Fayette (within shouting distance of this marker); Selma-to-Montgomery March (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.
 
Also see . . .  State Capital National Historic Landmark. The Alabama State Capital was also the first capital of the Confederacy, thus bearing witness to the beginning and, to an extent, the end of the rebellion. (Submitted on December 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2015
3. United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol Marker
Looking north on Bainbridge Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 5, 2015
4. Looking north on Bainbridge Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,200 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on December 16, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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