Alabama in the American Civil War
The U.S. state of Alabama declared that it had seceded from the United States of America on January 11, 1861. It then quickly joined the Confederate States during the American Civil War. A slave state, Alabama provided a significant source of troops and leaders, military material, supplies, food, horses and mules. However, very little of the state's cotton crop could be sold, as the main port of Mobile was closed off by the U.S. Navy.