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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. Late on May 8, 1865, Jefferson Davis, with his family and a small escort, camped in Abbeville, unaware that hostile pursuit was close behind. His pursuers, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US], Lt. Col. Henry Harnden, arrived next morning, shortly after his departure. Stopping only to feed and water, Harndenís men were moving out in pursuit when the 4th Michigan Cavalry [US], Lt. Col. B. D. Pritchard, arrived. Harnden confided to Pritchard both Mr. Davisí proximity and probable route; then, after declining an offer of help, he rode on to overtake his command.

Pritchard, bound down-river to intercept other Confederate officials, rode on some 12 miles: then, abandoning his own mission, he made a forced march and, after finding the Davis camp late that night by posing as the escort, he surrounded it quietly and waited for dawn.

Harnden had camped a few miles away. Unaware of Pritchardís presence, he moved up just before dawn to surround the camp. His advance was fired upon and, in the fight that followed, two Michigan soldiers were killed before a prisoner taken by Harndenís men revealed the Identity of the “enemy.”

During this unfortunate collision, Pritchard closed in and captured Mr. Davis and his party, thereafter claiming for the 4th Michigan the fruits of the 1st Wisconsinís labors.
 
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Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
2. Jefferson Davis Marker
1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 156-3.)
 
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 West Main Street (U.S. 280), 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 (left) with the Confederate Monument and another marker (right) 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 504 times since then and 21 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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