North Carolina as the Confederate Capital

North Carolina as the Confederate Capital

   In the waning days of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis and the members of the Confederate Cabinet were forced to flee south, out of Virginia. Their train arrived in Greensboro on April 11, but the city was crowded with refugees, and the Cabinet was forced to sleep in a passenger car on a railroad siding. With Sherman's army approaching from the east, Davis and his party decided to move further south, traveling overland through Jamestown, Lexington, Salisbury, China Grove, and Concord, before arriving in Charlotte. The Confederate government established offices and stayed in local homes. When the Confederates surrendered at the Bennett Place, Davis held a final meeting of the entire Confederate cabinet on April 26, 1865, and then rode out of the city, eventually passing through South Carolina and into Georgia where he was captured on May 10. For fifteen days, from April 11 until April 26, North Carolina was the Capital of the Confederacy.

 

 

 

 

 

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