Jefferson Davis and his small Confederate escort reached the banks of the Oconee River in Georgia, while Federal forces rapidly closed in on them.
Jefferson Davis and his dwindling government-in-exile held what turned out to be their last council of war in their southward flight to avoid Federal capture.
April 2, 1865 – As Federal forces entered Petersburg, the fall of the Confederate capital was imminent. Richmond’s elite gathered for Communion Sunday services at
December 14, 1864 – After taking Fort McAllister, Major General William T. Sherman’s Federal armies shifted their focus to Savannah itself. The capture of Fort
February 6, 1863 – Secretary of State William H. Seward unilaterally declined an offer by French Emperor Napoleon III to mediate the conflict between the
February 16, 1862 – Federals scored their greatest victory of the war up to this time, generating a new northern military hero. Late on the