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?”

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

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 CivilContinue reading “April 17, 1865: Where is Jefferson F. Davis?”