The Col. John Sloan Camp 1290, and Guilford Chapter 301 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, had the pleasure of organizing a visit by Bertram Hayes-Davis (great-great-grandson of President Jefferson Davis) and his wife Carol. He was following in President Davis' footsteps in his flight from Richmond on April 2, 1865, to his imprisonment at Fortress Monroe. The purpose of the visit was to gather information about his time in Greensboro to help plan a future trip to be filmed for a documentary.
Local authors/historians present included; Carol Moore, Michael Briggs and Clint Johnson. The Col. John Sloan Camp was represented by Commander Jeff Frank and Lt. Commander Don Saunders. Guilford Chapter 301 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was represented by President Joanne Sharpe and Michele Miller, Chapter Director of the Children of the Confederacy.
The group met at Natty Greene's on Elm street mid-day, and following introductions, were lead on a walking tour by Michael Briggs of the locations President Davis and the Confederate Cabinet stayed and conducted the last cabinet meetings of the Confederacy. Other relative historical data and the nearby monuments erected by the Col. John Sloan Camp were discussed as well.
The party returned to Natty Greene's for lunch, further discussions and viewed the original appointment book of the officers in The Confederate States of America. The book was left in Greensboro in 1865 for safe keeping while the cabinet fled to Charlotte.
The visit appeared to go very well. Everyone had a great time and Bertram seemed pleased with the information provided to him.
Unfortunately, their brief visit to not lend itself to a "meet and greet" with our general membership. Hopefully we can arrange an event where everyone will have an opportunity to participate on a future visit.
The News & Record published an article on the visit, "Passion for history fuels Civil War book".