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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Last Capitol of the Confederacy at Danville. (search)
The government, therefore, went South in the only direction open to it. The party stopped at Danville because there were fewer Federal troops near there than any other place offering suitable accommodations that could be reached, and because President Davis thought that he could direct a military coup which he had planned to the best advantage from that point. The president and other prominent government officials were upon their arrival at Danville carried to the residence of Major W. T. Sutherlin, commandant of the town. For a week thereafter the Sutherlin residence was the capitol of the Confederate States. The occupancy of the capitol by the president and his cabinet members ceased even more abruptly than it began. On Monday morning, April 10, information reaached Danville of the surrender of Lee on the previous day. Circumstances made the immediate evacuation of the place necessary. It is a historic landmark, that old mansion, and its appearance is in keeping with
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First Marine torpedoes were made in Richmond, Va., and used in James river. (search)
t of the proclamation issued by the President on April 5th, hopeful and confident of the ultimate triumph of the lost cause. The last full cabinet meeting. The Sutherlin mansion. (See ante, p. 80.) Weep not that the world changes—did it keep A stable, changeless course, 'twere cause to weep. Bryant. Since Homer first anville. This was on the 2d of April. Upon arriving at Danville the Presidential party was met at the depot, taken to his residence, and entertained by Major W. T. Sutherlin, a wealthy and prominent citizen, who held the offices of commissionary and commandant at this place, and who had been a member of the Secession Convention. Mr. Davis and the capital of the Confederacy were at the Sutherlin mansion for a week. On the morning of April the 10th, President Davis, accompanied by Major Sutherlin, went down-town. While there they were unofficially informed of Lee's surrender on the previous day. At first, although the probability of such an event taki
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
th Carolina, The Prostrate State, 1866-9, 5; opinion in that war would not follow secession, 76; rifle clubs, 75. South Mountain, Battle of, 32. Speer, Judge Emory 95. Spotsylvania C. H., Battle of, 283. Stage of Life, The, 170. Starke, General W. E., killed, 33. Staunton Artillery, 11. Steaman Capture of Fort, 19. Stevens, Prize Master, 54. Strother, Sergeant, Sidney, killed, 277. Success in war, what dependant on, 318. Sumter. Evacuation of Fort, 76. Sutherlin, Major W. T., 80, 886. Tatnall, Commodore J 32. Taylor, Colonel Walter H., 356; General R., his tribute to General Canby, 48. Thomas, D. A., 74; Colonel John D., 74. Torpedoes first used in C. S. Navy, 326; Federal vessels destroyed by, 331. Tracey, Major-General, 109. Trimble, H. G, 170; General J. R., 251, 866. Tucker, Commodore J. R., 141,331. Turner's Gap, 88. Upshur, Dr. J. N., address of, 173. Valley of Virginia, its loyalty, 13; devastated, 17. Virginia, Her cont