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Blacksburg, South Carolina
June 11, 2005
Built in 1851, it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. This building played a vital role in the creation of the Confederate government and served as its first capitol for 3 months in 1861. The Confederate Constitution was drafted in the Senate Chamber, which was also the site of Jefferson Davis' election as president. Davis took the oath of office on the building's front steps. The spot where he was inaugurated is marked by a bronze star. A statue of Davis also stands nearby this spot.
An impressive monument outside the capitol's north entrance honors the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy. It was under construction and covered with scaffolding when we were there.
The rotunda in the center of the building is adorned with murals depicting scenes from the state's history and a three-story, double-spiral stairway. The Senate Chamber, House of Representatives, Supreme Court Chamber, and the governor's office appear much as they did in the 1860s. Allow yourself about an hour to check out the inside of the capitol, plus an additional 30 minutes or so to tour the grounds. Open Monday through Friday from 9amto 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 334/242-3935.
From journal Civil War to Civil Rights: Southern History 101
October 10, 2000
From journal Montgomery, the cradle of the confederacy