Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis (HMRQR)

Location: Tennille, GA 31089 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 46.743', W 82° 55.606'

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On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (85 miles N), 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. His party reached Sandersville (17 miles NE) about noon on May 6th, where the last official business of the Confederate States Treasury was transacted.

That evening, they camped near Ball's Ferry (2 miles NW); but upon learning of a threat to his family, which was on a converging route some hours ahead, Mr. Davis decided to press on. After an all night ride over unfamiliar roads, he found them near the home of Mr. E. J. Blackshear, 10 miles north of Dublin, on the road leading south from this point.

After a hard journey via Dublin and Abbeville, they camped a mile N of Irwinville (93 miles SW) 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.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number150-8
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 5:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 319548 N 3628435
Decimal Degrees32.77905000, -82.92676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.743', W 82° 55.606'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 44.58" N, 82° 55' 36.36" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 River Rd, Tennille GA 31089, US
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