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Irwinville in Irwin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 1993
1. Jefferson Davis Marker
Inscription. Late on May 8, the night before his arrival at this site, Mr. Davis and his party had camped in Abbeville (26 miles NE), unaware that pursuit was close behind. Their pursuers, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry (US), Lt. Col. Henry Harnden, had learned in Dublin of their passage and, after many hours of trailing through swamps and over boggy roads, reached Abbeville shortly after Mr. Davisí departure. Stopping only to feed and water, Harnden's men were resuming the pursuit when the 4th Michigan Cavalry (US) Lt. Col. B.D. Pritchard, arrived and learned Mr. Davisí probable route.

Pritchard was bound down-river to intercept other Confederate officials. After Harnden had departed, he rode on some 12 miles; then, abandoning his own mission, he made a forced march and after finding the Davis camp later that night by posing in Irwinville 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 seized Mr. Davis and his party, thereafter claiming for the 4th Michigan the fruits of the 1st Wisconsinís labors.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 077- 6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 39.829′ N, 83° 23.216′ W. Marker is in Irwinville, Georgia, in Irwin County. Marker is on Jeff Davis Park Road. Click for map. In the Jefferson Davis Memorial Park and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Irwinville GA 31760, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jefferson Davis (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); Irwinville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Baptist Church Bell (approx. 7.9 miles away); Gen. Bush's Home (approx. 8.3 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (approx. 8.6 miles away); Fitzgerald (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Irwinville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Jeff Davis. An About North Georgia article. (Submitted on February 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Capture of Jefferson Davis. Article detailing the particulars of Davis's capture. As the writer points out, many myths sprang up surrounding the incident. Here, at least the question of Davis' wardrobe is sufficiently dealt with. (Submitted on February 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Capture of Jefferson Davis. An account of the capture written by Julian Dickinson, former adjutant of the 4th Michigan Cavalry. The 4th had served on several major campaigns in the Western Theater, and was involved with General Wilson's end of war campaign through Alabama. (Submitted on February 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,110 times since then and 73 times this year. Last updated on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. Photo   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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