Thank you Samuel Cooper, Henry Halleck, and Morris Runyan. We have our Official Records!

On April 27, 1865, General Samuel Cooper was stranded in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Cooper was the highest ranking Confederate officer and served as Adjutant General and Inspector General.  Though not a field commander, Cooper was a central figure in the Confederacy throughout the war.  A long serving officer in the pre-war U.S. Army, Cooper calledContinue reading “Thank you Samuel Cooper, Henry Halleck, and Morris Runyan. We have our Official Records!”

Secretary Mallory, April 24, 1865: “But the Confederacy is conquered; its days are numbered”

On April 23, 1865, the Confederate Cabinet, then meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, discussed the proposition from General Joseph E. Johnston to surrender his armies.  The cabinet saw no other option but allowing Johnston to accept the terms (the terms as arranged through April 18, which were, at this moment 150 years ago, being invalidatedContinue reading “Secretary Mallory, April 24, 1865: “But the Confederacy is conquered; its days are numbered””

April 19, 1865: Where is Jefferson F. Davis?

I’ve always had an issue with the date offered by this plaque at the corner of 4th and Tyron Street, in Charlotte, North Carolina: I think Jefferson F. Davis did not arrive in Charlotte until April 19, 1865, and the plaque is referencing the date of the telegram handed to Davis. Plenty of dispatches, correspondence,Continue reading “April 19, 1865: Where is Jefferson F. Davis?”