April 17, 1865: Where is Jefferson F. Davis?

Jefferson Davis Marker

After spending the night camping in a pine grove northeast of Lexington, North Carolina, the Confederate government rode south on the morning of April 17, 1865.

Numerous markers interpret Jefferson Davis’ flight at the end of the Civil War.  Aside from the state marker above, pertinent to his movements on April 17, there are Civil War Trails markers close to the campsite and in Lexington.

Meanwhile, on the same day Major-General William T. Sherman met with General Joseph E. Johnston at the farm of James and Nancy Bennitt (a.k.a. Bennett Place).

(Photo credit: Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010, Courtesy HMDB.)

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