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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 04, 1865

Final Confederate Cabinet Meeting Held in Washington, Georgia

Confederate President Jefferson Davis and several members of his cabinet members held their last meeting in Washington, Georgia. They met in the Georgia State Bank Building.

When the meeting was over, Davis and a small party headed for south Georgia. His immediate goal was to reunite with his wife and children, as well as escape capture by pursuing Union forces, who believed that Davis had been involved in the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Davis also hoped to flee to Texas in order to continue the Civil War until a peace acceptable to the South could be negotiated.

Image of Final Confederate Cabinet Meeting Held in Washington, Georgia Building Where Last Confederate Cabinet Meeting was Held
Ed Jackson
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Image of Final Confederate Cabinet Meeting Held in Washington, Georgia Room Where Last Confederate Cabinet Meeting was Held
Ed Jackson
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