The Capital City Guards

The Capital City Guards (HM1CNU)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 22.643', W 86° 18.345'

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1885 - 1905

In July 1885, the state Adjutant General authorized the organization of a black infantry company known as the Capital City Guards. Joseph L. Ligon was elected captain. Over the next 20 years, the Capital City Guards were a source of tremendous civic pride in the African-American community. They participated in formal inspections, drills, and encampments, as well as in Emancipation Day parades and annual commencement exercises at Tuskegee Institute. Drill meetings were held at Dorsette Hall at 216 Dexter Avenue.

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Capital City Guards, commanded by Capt. Abraham Calvin Caffey, helped form Co. A, Third Alabama Volunteer Regiment. Although Alabama's black regiment never saw foreign duty, it remained in service longer than any other volunteer unit in the state.

The Capital City Guards was the only black militia unit remaining in service in Alabama after the Spanish-American War, remaining on detached service until it was disbanded in 1905. After the demise of the Capital City Guards, over 60 years would pass before Alabama would again admit African Americans into its National Guard.
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HM NumberHM1CNU
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Year Placed2001
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565306 N 3582478
Decimal Degrees32.37738333, -86.30575000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.643', W 86° 18.345'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 38.58" N, 86° 18' 20.70" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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