Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis, First White House of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia

The Second White House Of The Confederacy

From Febuary 1861 to late May 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis had the First White House of the Confederacy In Montgomery, Alabama. In the summer of 1861, the executive residence of the confederacy was moved to Richmond, Virginia, less than 100 miles from the U.S. White House, as a strategic move.

After the Union army, under General Grant’s command, invaded and burned down several parts of Richmond, Virginia the confederate government moved it’s capital to its third and last location of Danville, Virginia.

The confederate government operated in Danville, Virginia, for a mere eight days, until Jefferson Davis was captured and the confederate bureaucracy surrendered.

In present day the White House of the Confederacy is a musuem and the grounds around the house is a U.S. National Park.

The musuem has exhibits on several problems that the Confederate government had with its civilian population, including a bread riot that had occurred.

The confederate government often paid less than the actual value for food, or simply seized food, to feed the army.

In addition, Confederate citizens were subject to taxes on bank deposits and an graduated income tax. Businesses has taxes on business licenses and farmers had to pay a ten percent tax on everything they earned. These taxes caused resentment with the civilian population against their government.

Here is a documentary on the artifacts within the White House of the Confederacy.