Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Last Cabinet Meeting

Marker ID: Civil Club 
Location: 400 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC
County: Abbeville
Coordinates: N 34° 10.810    W 082° 22.894
  34.18016666    -82.38156666
Style: Mounted **


This tablet was placed here
to commemorate
the last meeting of the
Confederate States Cabinet
which was held in the Burt House nearby
directly in front of this stone.
The following cabinet members were present:

Jefferson Davis, President
Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State
John C. Breckenridge, Secretary of War
S.R. Mallory, Secretary of Navy
John H. Reagan, Post Master Gen´l
A council of war was held at the same time with the cabinet and the following generals were in attendance:

W.C. Breckenridge, Geo. G. Dibrell
Basil W. Duke, S.W. Ferguson
J.C. Vaughn, Braxton Bragg
It was decided after mature deliberation and discussion that it was useless to continue the war longer and that the government should be disbanded.
M.H. Clarke acting treasurer, Confederate States of America says: The last cabinet meeting, which could be called such, was held at Abbeville, on the 2nd day of May, 1865.
A full history of these events may be found in the office of the Clerk of Court of Abbeville County.