Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis (HM6SS)

Location: Rebecca, GA 31783 Irwin County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 39.84', W 83° 23.215'

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On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (178 miles NE), where he performed his last duties as President of the Confederate States of America. Soon thereafter, with a small staff and escort, he departed enroute to the trans-Mississippi Department where, undaunted by the tragic surrenders at Appomattox and Durham Station, he intended to unite he forces of Generals E. Kirby Smith, Taylor, Forrest, Maury and Magruder "to form an army, which in the portion of that country abounding in supplies, and deficient in rivers and railroads, could have continued the war until our enemy, foiled in the purpose of subjugation, should, in accordance with his repeated declaration, have agreed, on the basis of a return to the Union, to acknowledge the Constitutional rights of the States, and by a convention, or quasi-treaty, to guarantee the security of person and property." His family joined him near Dublin.

On the night of May 9th, after a difficult journey via Sandersville, Dublin and Abbeville, he camped at this site, unaware that pursuit was close behind. At dawn, his camp was surrounded by Union Cavalry and the revered leader of the Lost Cause was taken to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, where, until May 13, 1867, he was held as a "state prisoner," his hopes for a new nation, in which each state would exercise without interference its cherished "Constitutional rights" forever dead.
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HM NumberHM6SS
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number077-5
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:47am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 273695 N 3505668
Decimal Degrees31.66400000, -83.38691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 39.84', W 83° 23.215'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 39' 50.40" N, 83° 23' 12.90" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 372-398 Jeff Davis Park Rd, Rebecca GA 31783, US
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