After General Robert Edward Lee surrendered the Confederate army of Northern Virginia at the Appatmattox Courthouse, Jefferson Finis Davis, and other members of the Confederate government were left unprotected by union advances at their temporary Confederate Capital in Danville, Virginia. From April 12th to 13th, 1865, Jefferson Davis, along with other cabinet members, stayed at the home of J.T. Wood in Greensboro, North Carolina to hold cabinet meetings.
After those meetings, the Confederate government cabinet members reconvened in Charlotte, South Carolina, during their escape of the Union army’s advances. This escape would soon lead Jefferson Finis Davis to the state of Georgia.