Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

JUST A LITTLE SHORT PICKUP QUESTION. WHY WAS MONTGOMERY CALLED THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY?

Joseph Azbell:

A lot of people don't know why Montgomery was called the Cradle of the Confederacy. The reason is very simple. It was from, a building downtown across the street from the Montgomery Fair where Rosa Parks worked, that the message was sent to fire on Fort Sumter. And this was the gathering place of the original U.S. states that wanted to secede, and this was the capitol of the Confederate States of America in the first part of the war between the states. In Montgomery you do not say "Civil War," you say "War Between the States," even to this hour. In the newspaper which, I was the city editor, if it was written in copy "Civil War," we changed it to "War Between the States."