Flight of Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Cabinet




Timeline

Y/M/D Description Place
1865/04/02 During Sunday service, President Davis receives a message that General Lee is withdrawing from Petersburg and will no longer protect Richmond. Davis quietly leaves the church before the end of the service. St Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond
1865/04/02 President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate States of America government abandon Richmond and take an evening train to Danville, Virginia White House of the Confederacy, Richmond
1865/04/03 The government of the Confederate States of America relocates to Danville, Virginia Danville, VA, Virginia
1865/04/03 William T Sutherlin offers his home as lodging for Jefferson Davis Danville Public Library, Danville, VA
1865/04/04 Confederate President Jefferson Davis signs his last official proclamation Danville Public Library, Danville, VA
1865/04/10 During dinner at Sutherlin House, Jefferson Davis is told of General Roberts E Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Davis and his cabinet soon leave Danville. Danville Public Library, Danville, VA
1865/04/26 President Jefferson Davis, five members of his cabinet and their cavalry escort spend the night at Springfield Plantation Springfield Plantation House, Fort Mill
1865/04/26 CSA cavalry escort, President Jefferson Davis, most of his cabinet and portions of the Confederate archives and treasury out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
1865/04/26 Secretary of the Treasury George A Trenholm and part of the cabinet spend the night at the White House. William Elliott White House, Fort Mill
1865/04/27 Davis meets with his cabinet to plan their next move. Andrew Baxter Springs, owner of Springfield, recommends that the group should separate to avoid capture. Jefferson and his cabinet stay at Springfield for 2 or 3 days before continuing the retreat. Springfield Plantation House, Fort Mill
1865/04/27 Davis calls a cabinet meeting on the lawn of the White House to elect a new Secretary of the Treasury, Trenholm had quit William Elliott White House, Fort Mill
1865/04/30 Jefferson Davis and his cabinet have lunch at Cross Keys Cross Keys House, Union
1865/05/10 Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his wife, Varina, are arrested by Union troops Jefferson Davis Capture Site, Irwinville
1865/05/15 Tommy Wilson watches as Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, is led through the streets of Augusta in chains on his way to Fortress Monroe. Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, Augusta
1865/05/22 Confederate President Davis is imprisoned at Ft Monroe, Virginia in casement No 2 Fort Monroe, Hampton

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