The blog is going to take a quick break from battles and focus on one of my favorite parts of my Civil War traveling. Mansions! I love touring through these old homes that are just dripping with history. I hear the stories of the families, see the artifacts from their stay in the home, and marvel at the kind of architecture you just don’t see in modern homes anymore. The Antebellum era was a time of opulence and luxury for the elite. It gives context to just how devastating the war could be to the citizens. Their way of life was forever changed (for better or worse) by the outcome of the conflict.
One thing I didn’t realize is that I had so much of this rich civilian history in my own backyard! Well, not exactly my back yard, but about an hour and a half away from it. Mobile was fortunate that it didn’t suffer a similar fate as Richmond or Atlanta. By the time the Union army came to occupy its streets, the war was effectively over in 1865. The battle at Blakely was the last major engagement of the war and due to a delay in communications from Virginia to Alabama, many weren’t aware that the war was on its way out by the time the siege broke and Confederates abandoned their city. This meant that Mobile was just about as intact as New Orleans was when it fell into Federal hands by 1862. Therefore, the preservation of the antebellum homes became a prime objective for history buffs and organizations like the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the American Revolution.
There are five homes in Mobile that I’ll be sharing with you over the next four weeks, along with some traveler’s tips of where to eat and get your coffee should you ever decide to plan your visit. Mobile also boasts museums and two forts (Gaines and Morgan) that I highly recommend visiting as well. I’ll talk more about my visits there at a later date.
For now, sit back and enjoy Mobile Mansion March Madness!… Okay, it’s a working title with some terrible alliteration, but you get the idea.