Friday, May 27, 2011

May 28, 1861 (Monday): Davis to Richmond, Lee to Manassas

North Carolina map from 1860's, Goldsboro is on the line from Wilmington north to Richmond, in blue just below the "O" and "L" in North Carolina.

                                                                                    Richmond, Va., May 28, 1861
Hon. Jefferson Davis,
       President Confederate States of America, Goldsborough, N.C.:
    General Lee left the Manassas Junction this morning.  Passengers just from there report all quiet.  Fifteen hundred men from Fort Monroe were reported in Hampton yesterday, not molesting the people, but stealing property, &c.  Ruggles, at Fredericksburg, reports that the enemy, in force have landed six mile above Aquia.  This is doubted, but he will telegraph again.  General Lee is expected tomorrow night.  I send your dispatch to the governor.
                                                                                    R. S. Garnett,

Jefferson Davis was in Goldsborough (which was on the main stage route from Wilmington to Richmond) on his way to Richmond from Montgomery.  Congress had adjourned on the 21st, resolving to meet in Richmond in two months.  Military considerations no doubt played a role in moving the capital, but so also did the heat in Montgomery.  Davis would arrive in Richmond the next day, met by crowds at the railroad station and along his route to the Spotswood Hotel.  Lee was on a hastily arranged trip to Manassas, which was fast becoming a focal point for the Confederates, being vital to the security of Harper’s Ferry and points west. 

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