On February 4th, 1861, delegates from the seceded southern states convened in Montgomery, Alabama, to establish the Confederate States of America. Montgomery was selected as the Confederate capital, and the William Sayre home chosen as the First White House of the Confederacy. President Jefferson Davis and family lived there from February to May 1861, when the Confederate capital was moved to Richmond, Virginia.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

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