Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (HMR00)

Location: Ocilla, GA 31774 Irwin County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 38.897', W 83° 22.963'

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On the night of May 9, 1865, Jefferson Davis, with his family and a small escort, enroute south to avoid a screen of Union cavalry attempting to intercept him, reached the site of the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (1 mile north) and made camp. He was unaware that in Dublin, two days earlier, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US] had discovered his passage and was in close pursuit; or that at Abbeville, earlier in the day, the 4th Michigan Cavalry [US] had learned of his proximity.

The 1st Wisconsin had camped well north to avoid discovery and the subsequent chance of Mr. Davis' escape under cover of darkness. In the night, members of the 4th Michigan learned the location of Mr. Davis' camp by posing as members of his escort. Just before dawn, both regiments closed in — each unaware of the presence of the other — and, after an unfortunate collision in which two Michigan soldiers were killed, seized Mr. Davis and his party.

Sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Annual Pilgrimage on June 3rd, the anniversary of Mr. Davis' birth, attracts hundreds of visitors to the Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park to do honor to the memory of the only President of the Confederate States of America.

Museum. Open 9 to 6. Picnic grounds.
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HM NumberHMR00
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series.
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Marker Number077-4
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 2:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 274055 N 3503917
Decimal Degrees31.64828333, -83.38271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 38.897', W 83° 22.963'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 38' 53.82" N, 83° 22' 57.78" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1970 Irwinville Hwy, Ocilla GA 31774, US
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