The War Between The States
On May 20, 1861, North Carolina seceded from the Union to join the "Confederate States of America." In Charlotte, the United States Mint was taken over as Confederate headquarters. Students and faculty from the new Charlotte Military Academy went to Raleigh to train as troops and leaders. The Academy closed at the beginning of the war and became a Confederate hospital.
In 1862, the Confederate Navy Yard, threatened by Union forces, was moved from Norfolk 250 miles inland to Charlotte and located on East Trade Street near the Square. Charlotte's excellent railroad connections aided in this move. Many naval weapons were produced here for the Confederate Navy; but on January 7, 1864, fire and explosion at the Confederate Navy Yard destroyed it and over ten million dollars' worth of munitions and supplies.
For several months in 1865, the Mecklenburg Courthouse stored the State Department of the Confederacy records, including the Great Seal. While visiting Charlotte, on April 18, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy was informed by telegram of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In the days that followed, the last
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is January 7, 1864.
Location. 35° 13.75′ N, 80° 50.592′ W. Marker is in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County. It is in Charlotte center city. Marker is on West 5th Street just west of North Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W Trade St, Charlotte NC 28202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Census Information (here, next to this marker); Gold Mining (here, next to this marker); Early Education (here, next to this marker); Settlers' Cemetery (here, next to this marker); The Importance Of Religion (here, next to this marker); Prominent Charlotteans Buried At Settlers' Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Hornets' Nest (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Charlotte (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.