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The Capitol City Guards
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 32° 22.643 W 086° 18.345
16S E 565306 N 3582478
Quick Description: Historical marker commemorating a Montgomery black militia unit.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 5:15:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMCTFE
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
Views: 11

Long Description:
Beginning in July, 1885, three black militia companies of infantry were organized in Alabama. The one in Montgomery was called the Capitol City Guards. In spite of separate training and poor supplies, the unit continued to maintain high standards until it was disbanded in 1905.
Marker Name: The Capitol City Guards / 1885 - 1905

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
The text of the marker is: The Capitol City Guards 1885 - 1905 In July 1885, the state Adjutant General authorized the organization of a black infantry company known as the Capitol City Guards. Joseph L. Ligon was elected captain. Over the next 20 years, the Capitol 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 Capitol 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 Capitol 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 Capitol City Guards, over 60 years would pass before Alabama would again admit African Americans into its National Guard. More information can be found at the website for the Encyclopedia of Alabama at

Date Dedicated / Placed: 2001

Marker Number: Not listed

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