The Confederate White House


The White House of the Confederacy where Jefferson Davis resided between August 1861 and April 1865, photographed circa 1933. (Library of Congress)

It makes sense.  If the Union had a White House, why shouldn’t the Confederacy?  The photo above shows the Confederate White House located in Richmond, Virginia where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived from 1861-1865.  The Confederate White House was located only 90 miles away from the United States’ White House.

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The Confederacy had its own White House—two, actually


On February 24, 1868, Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached. He would not be the last.

Impeachment is a formal process brought about by both houses in Congress that accuses the president of breaking the law.  If found guilty by both houses in Congress the president may be removed from office, sued, and/or sent to jail.  

Only two presidents have been impeached.  Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Both presidents were impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate.  Andrew Johnson was impeached for firing the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, which was a violation of the Tenure of Office Act.  Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about having a relationship with an intern.  Both presidents were able to complete the term in office.

Richard Nixon quit before he could be impeached.

End of the Civil War

Want to actually see the end of the Civil War?  Click this link to see a collection of 16 photographs of people and places taken just after the Civil War ended.  Some of the pictures show the end of the Battle of Petersburg, the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, and the hanging of the men and woman accused of conspiring to kill Abraham Lincoln.



The Civil War Begins and Ends With One Person

His name was Wilmer McLean and he lived in Manassas, Virginia.  In 1861, in what was one of the first battles of the war, McLean’s house was hit by Union cannon fire.  The shell went through his dining room.  It was at that point William McLean and his family moved more than a hundred miles away to a small remote village.  He hoped, by moving there, he and his family would be safe from the war.  That was not to be the case.

In 1865, during the last battle of the Civil War, in a small town named Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, the war saw it’s last battle.  Robert E Lee, general of the Confederate Army, decided then and there to end the war and seek surrender.  Looking for a place to discuss surrender with the general of the North, a nearby house was found.  The owner?  Wilmer McLean. In McLean’s living room, the surrender was signed and the Civil War ended.