Lexington in Davidson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Pine Grove Camp
Confederate Government Seat
Unknown to Davis, Abraham Lincoln lay dead in Washington, assassinated the previous Friday. Davis met with his cabinet, including the postmaster general and attorney general as well as the secretaries of state, treasury, and war. At 10 p.m., North Carolina Governor Zebulon B. Vance joined the group for an hour-long discussion of the war and whether to continue the fight, which Davis hoped to do. Afterward, Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge and Postmaster General John H. Reagan left Lexington for Durham to supervise
The next morning, April 17, Davis, the remaining cabinet members and the cavalry escort broke camp. They crossed the Yadkin River about noon, left Davidson County, and headed for Salisbury and then Charlotte, where Davis would learn of Lincoln’s death.
The exact location of Davis’s camp is unknown but is most likely near the house of Lindsay L. Conrad, a Confederate soldier whose leg had been amputated. An earlier marker southeast of here notes the spot.
(upper right) Zebulon B. Vance Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) President Jefferson Davis Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 16, 1871.
Location. 35° 53.33′ N, 80° 11.458′ W. Marker is in Lexington, North Carolina, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Yokley Road, 0.6 miles east of Ridge Road, on the left when traveling eastTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington NC 27295, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Davis (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pilgrim Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); John H. Mills (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named John H. Mills (approx. 3 miles away); North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Daniel Boone and Gen. Nathanael Greene (approx. 5.7 miles away); Captain Benjamin Merrill (approx. 5.7 miles away); City of Lexington (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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