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12 Civil War Sites in Alabama
While visiting the great state of Alabama, don't miss your chance to become immersed in American history. Check out these 12 Civil War sites in AL:
1. Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens
Built in the mid 1800s, the Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens in Birmingham is a living history museum, featuring authentic Civil War-era décor and historic artifacts. Take a tour of the six-acre property and discover why Union soldiers occupied this home during the final month of the Civil War.
2. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
South of Birmingham, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park features over 2,000 acres of hiking trails and authentic Civil War-era cabins and farm buildings. Be sure and get an in-depth look at the mill’s history as an iron supplier for the Confederacy during the Civil War at the on-site Alabama Iron and Steel Museum.
3. Alabama State Capitol
The final stop along the Selma to Montgomery March, the Alabama State Capitol features a ton of Civil War history all its own. Come see the Avenue of Flags, walk the main steps just as Martin Luther King Jr. did, take a guided tour, and find out why the capitol was once known as the First Confederate Capitol.
Alabama State Capitol
4. First White House of the Confederacy
Similarly, the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery is brimming with historical artifacts and nuances stemming from its involvement in the Civil War. Although small, the site certainly packs plenty great information regarding the former Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
5. The Blue & Gray Museum
For a great look into the Civil War from both perspectives, head over to the aptly named Blue & Gray Museum in the northern Alabama city of Decatur. The museum features one of the largest private collections of Civil War artifacts, all available for viewing six days a week.
6. Decatur Civil War Walking Tour
After you’ve checked out the Blue & Gray Museum, feel free to contextualize your visit by embarking on a self-guided Decatur Civil War Walking Tour. Pick up a brochure from the Old State Bank and see the host of sites significant to the 1864 Battle of Decatur found all throughout downtown.
7. Confederate Memorial Park
Just west of Clanton, the Confederate Memorial Park serves as a scenic respite for Interstate 65 travelers and Marbury visitors. The park, apart from housing over 100 acres of scenery, also features a collection of soldier’s gravesites, a museum, and the Alabama’s Old Soldiers Home for Confederate Veterans.
8. Bessemer Hall of History Museum
The city of Bessemer celebrates its Civil War heritage with the Bessemer Hall of History Museum – a cozy collection of artifacts set inside of the former Alabama Great Southern Railroad. Although the museum includes historical artifacts spanning several eras, it features a special collection dedicated to the 28th Alabama Regiment as well.
Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens
9. University of Alabama
The historic University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa is known for more than just academia and the Crimson Tide football team – it’s also the site of a short Civil War conflict, when Union troops burned down the campus in 1865.
10. Magnolia Cemetery
Down south – like, way south – the Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile serves as a sobering site, housing over 80,000 Confederate gravesites across 120 beautiful coastal acres. Stop in, pay your respects, and see some of the massive Victorian and Greek Revival sculptures and monuments throughout.
11. Fort Morgan
Set near the mouth of Mobile Bay near Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is one of the most impressive Civil War sites in the Yellowhammer State. Not only was it the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay, but also it was the site of several other battles, and was interestingly enough operated under both Union and Confederate forces at different times.
12. Fort Gaines
On the other side of the bay, Fort Gaines was also an integral piece during coastal AL’s Battle of Mobile Bay. Much like Fort Morgan, Ft. Gaines is available for viewing via walking tours and frequent historical reenactments.