The Alabama Civil War Trail is a collection of Civil War era historical sites, museums, battlefields, re-enactments and events all around the state. Visit one or visit them all to learn more about Alabama’s role in Confederate and Civil War history.
Complete List of Sites on the Alabama Civil War Trail
- Alabama Department of Archives & History
- Alabama State Capitol
- Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens
- Berman Museum of World History
- Bessemer Hall of History Museum
- Blue & Gray Museum of North Alabama
- Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park
- Confederate Memorial Park
- Confederate Rest & National Cemetery at Magnolia Cemetery
- Cornwall Furnace Park
- Damn the Torpedoes Civil War Trail
- Decatur Civil War Walking Tour
- Dred Scott Home Site
- Emma Sansom Monument
- First White House of the Confederacy
- Forrest-Streight Route
- Fort Morgan State Historic Site
- Fort Tyler
- Gallant Pelham Statue
- Historic Blakeley State Park
- Historic Fort Gaines
- Historic Grand Hotel
- Historic Huntsville Depot
- Janney Furnace
- Joe Wheeler Plantation, “Pond Spring”
- Karl C. Harrison Museum of Washington
- Marion Female Seminary
- Marion Military Institute & St. Wilfrid’s
- Museum of Mobile
- Newton Civil War Monument
- Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
- Old Depot Museum
- Old Live Oak Cemetery
- Pope’s Tavern Museum
- Shorter Cemetery
- Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
- Tallassee Confederate Armory
- Tallassee Confederate Officer’s Quarters
- Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
- Union Springs Confederate Cemetery
- University of Alabama Campus
- Vaughn-Smitherman Historic Building
- Winter Building
- Winston County “Dual Destiny” Monument
Alabama Civil War Battles
There were over 300 military actions in Alabama during the American Civil War. This is a list of the eight largest campaigns, with notes describing some of the most significant battles and engagements.
- Streight’s Raid (1863) Failed incursion by Union forces under Col. Abel D. Streight attempting to destroy Confederate supply lines in North Alabama. Streight and his entire force captured by Confederate Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest at Cedar Bluff, Alabama.
- Rousseau’s Cavalry Raid (July 1864) Series of attacks by Union Forces under Maj. Gen. Lovell Harrison Rousseau. Considered one of the most daring and successful cavalry raids of the Civil War. Included the Battle of Ten Islands and the Battle of Chehaw Station.
- Mobile Campaign (Part I) (August 1864) Preparatory action for a later full on assault of Mobile, Alabama. Included the Battle of Mobile Bay and the sieges of Fort Powell, Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan.
- Forrest’s North Alabama Cavalry Raid (September 1864) Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest led his mounted troops into north Alabama and Tennessee to disrupt supply lines and divert reinforcements destined for Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s army in Georgia. Included the Battle of Athens and the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle.
- Decatur Demonstration (October 1864) Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood led his forces in an ill-advised demonstration against Union forces under Brig. Gen. Robert S. Granger at Decatur, Alabama, resulting in the loss of over 400 men.
- Mobile Campaign (Part II) (March-April 1865) Union army campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama. Included the Battle of Spanish Fort and the Battle of Fort Blakely.
- Wilson’s Raid (March-April 1865) A very successful raid under the command of Union Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, sent to capture Confederate facilities in Selma, Alabama.
- Battle of Fort Blakely (April 1865) The last major battle of the American Civil War, in which the fort gave in to Union forces just hours after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox.
Alabama Civil War Re-enactment Events
Siege of Bridgeport at Bridgeport. +1 (256) 495-3614
Battle of Blakely Festival at Spanish Fort, Historic Blakely State Park +1 (251) 626-0798
Battle of Ten Island at Ohatchee +1 (256) 390-3910
Campaign for Fort Morgan at Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan State Historic Site +1 (251) 540-7127
Confederate Memorial Park at Marbury, living history and skirmish +1 (205) 755-1990
Fiddler’s Green at Jacksonville +1 (256) 454-0092
Recall LaGrange at Leighton, LaGrange College Site Park. Military demonstrations, no battle reenactments. +1 (256) 446-9324
Tannehill Skirmish at McCalla, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park +1 (205) 477-5711
Fort Morgan Siege & Encampment at Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan State Historic Site +1 (251) 540-7127
Joe Wheeler Plantation at Hillsboro, Living history. +1 (256) 637-8513
September Skirmish at Decatur, Point Mallard Park. +1 (256) 350-2028
Skirmish at Luxapalila at Winfield. +1 (205) 487-1938
Old Baker Farm at Harpersville +1 (205) 672-7209
Battles for the Armory Tallahassee +1 (334) 283-6888