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Abbeville in Wilcox County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jefferson Davis

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
1. Jefferson Davis Marker
Inscription. 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
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By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
2. Jefferson Davis Marker
rights,” forever dead.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 156-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 59.55′ N, 83° 18.417′ W. Marker is in Abbeville, Georgia, in Wilcox County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broad Street (U.S. 129) and Park Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North Broad Street. Click for map. The marker stands in front of the Wilcox County Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 North Broad Street, Abbeville GA 31001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jefferson Davis (here, next to this marker); De Soto Trail (a few steps from this marker); Wilcox County (within shouting distance of this marker); New Hope Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Battle of Breakfast Branch (approx. 4.2 miles away); Ozias Church Bethlehem Church (approx. 10.8 miles away); Stuckey's (approx. 15.5 miles away); Old Eastman School (approx. 15.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abbeville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
3. Jefferson Davis Marker
The marker stands (right) with the Confederate Monument and another marker (left) also titled "Jefferson Davis," in front of the Wilcox County Library.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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