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Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House

 
 
Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 8, 2009
1. Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House Marker
Inscription. On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (100 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 where, supported by those Confederate forces not yet surrendered, he hoped to negotiate a just peace.

After a difficult journey via Sandersville, Dublin and Abbeville, he camped a mile north of Irwinville (106 miles S) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park, unaware that, in Dublin, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US] had found his trail and begun a pursuit.

At dawn on May 10th, his camp was surrounded by men of the 1st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalry regiments [US]. Mr. Davis and his party were seized and brought to the Lanier House, headquarters of Brevet Major General James H. Wilson, USA, commanding the Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi [US], which had occupied Macon on April 20th after a destructive raid through central Alabama and western Georgia.

On May 13, the revered leader of the Lost Cause was removed to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, via Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, where, until May 13, 1867, he was held as a “state prisoner,” his hopes for a new nation -- in which each
Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, November 8, 2008
2. Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House Marker
state would exercise without interference its cherished “Constitutional rights” -- forever dead.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 011-16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 50.25′ N, 83° 37.633′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on Mulberry Street 0 miles east of 2nd Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson's Raid To Macon (a few steps from this marker); Bibb County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Era Maconites of African Ancestry (about 500 feet away); First Public Camellia Show (about 500 feet away); Post 3 Macon (about 500 feet away); Christ Church (about 600 feet away); William Arthur Fickling, Sr. (about 600 feet away); Freemasonry in Macon (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Macon.
 
Categories. GovernmentWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,115 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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