Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis (HMQTA)

Location: Abbeville, GA 31001 Wilcox County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 59.55', W 83° 18.417'

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On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (152 miles NE), where he performed what proved to be his last duties as President of the Confederate States of America. Shortly thereafter, with a small staff and escort, he departed enroute to the trans-Mississippi Department, from which vantage point he hoped to negotiate a just peace. Traveling via Warthen and Sandersville, he reached Dublin (50 mile NE) about 11 o'clock on May 7th, after being joined by his family early that morning. Leaving Dublin, he camped for a few hours near Alligator Creek (30 miles NE) and again four miles SE of Eastman (UDC marker at site); then he pushed on toward Abbeville, unaware that the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US] had learned of his passage through Dublin and had begun a pursuit.

On the 8th, after a day of hard rains and boggy roads, his party crossed the Ocmulgee River at Poor Robin Ferry and camped in Abbeville. Next morning, they took the direct (old) road toward Irwinton (26 miles SW) and camped a mile N of the town in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park. At dawn on May 10th, his camp was surrounded by men of the 1st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalry regiments [US] and he became 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 NumberHMQTA
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number156-2
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 10:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 282052 N 3541929
Decimal Degrees31.99250000, -83.30695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 59.55', W 83° 18.417'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 59' 33.00" N, 83° 18' 25.02" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11677-11699 N Broad St, Abbeville GA 31001, US
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