Re: Jeff Davis' trip from Palmetto,Ga to Richmond
- On Davis' return trip from Palmetto Ga, where he conferred with Hood
before the Franklin Nashville campaign, this is what I could noodle
out from my meager sources. Using a map of Confederate RRs and the
places I know he actually visited I came up with this possible
The trip both ways took fifteen days. He took only two aided, one
of whom was Mary Chesnut's husband. He met with Hood at Palmetto,
with Richard Taylor in Montgomery and Beauregard and Hardee in
From Palmetto Ga. to West Point on the Atlanta & Westpoint RR.
Change trains at West Point due to different track gauge
Then on to Montgomery, Al. on the Westpoint & Montgomery RR. After
meeting with Richard Taylor who had moved
his HQ to Selma, Al from Meridian Miss. Davis returns on the W&M to
Opelika then North on a branch of the W&M to Girard
and East to Columbus and Butler, Ga. on the Muscogee RR. Then on
the Southwestern RR through Ft. Valley to Macon, GA.
From Macon he takes the Central RR (of Ga.) to Millen then North on
the Augusta & Savannah RR to Augusta. He
speaks in Augusta and proceeds E. on the S.C. RR to Branchville S,C.
then on a branch of that road N to Kingsville then NW
into Columbia where he speaks and takes a days rest. The next day
he takes the Charlotte and N.C.
road to Charlotte via Chester then the N.C. RR to Salisbury and
Greensboro then the Piedmont road to Danville VA. Then
at last the Richmond & Danville road to Richmond via Burkeville.