Penn State professor Ford Risley explains why Richmond was the Confederate capital

The South’s Capital Dilemma – Disunion, The Times
One of my Penn State professors, Ford Risley, writes about the choice the Confederacy faced in deciding on their capital. Originally, sleepy Montgomery, Ala. was the capital but Richmond was the ultimate seat of rebel power. The ramifications, of course, were huge.

Despite being a resident of the commonwealth for something like 95% of my life, I have never set foot in the city of Richmond. I don’t know that Dr. Risley would approve, I will to have ask him. I probably just ought to go down there sometime.

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