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Irwin County Markers
Georgia (Irwin County), Irwinville — 11 J-5 — Irwinville
Jefferson Davis was made a prisoner of war at the close of the War Between the States. Richmond having fallen, the President of the Confederate States was seeking to reach remaining forces beyond the Mississippi. With his family and staff he made his last camp in a Georgia pine grove, May 9, 1865. At dawn May 10, the camp was surrounded by two detachments of Federal Cavalry. The camp in the grove is now Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park. — Map (db m10566) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Irwinville — Jefferson Davis
(front): Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States of America 1861-1865 (reverse): On this spot May 10, 1865 President Jefferson Davis was made a prisoner of war by Federal troops Erected by the State of Georgia Eugene Talmadge, governor in the year 1935 Sponsored by Mary V. Henderson Chapter and the Georgia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Mrs. Ralph H. Johnson Chairman Memorial Committee Mrs. T.W. Reed President Georgia Division Mrs. . . . — Map (db m10568) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Irwinville — 077-5 — Jefferson Davis
On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (178 miles NE), where he performed his last duties as President of the Confederate States of America. Soon thereafter, with a small staff and escort, he departed enroute to the trans-Mississippi Department where, undaunted by the tragic surrenders at Appomattox and Durham Station, he intended to unite he forces of Generals E. Kirby Smith, Taylor, Forrest, Maury and Magruder “to form an army, which in the portion of that . . . — Map (db m10569) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Irwinville — 077- 6 — Jefferson Davis
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. Davis’ departure. Stopping only to feed and water, Harnden's men were resuming the pursuit when the 4th Michigan Cavalry . . . — Map (db m40151) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Irwinville — 077-4 — Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park
On the night of May 9, 1865, Jefferson Davis, with his family and a small escort, enroute south to avoid a screen of Union cavalry attempting to intercept him, reached the site of the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (1 mile north) and made camp. He was unaware that in Dublin, two days earlier, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US] had discovered his passage and was in close pursuit; or that at Abbeville, earlier in the day, the 4th Michigan Cavalry [US] had learned of his proximity. The . . . — Map (db m40345) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Ocilla — 077-7 — Dorminy's Meeting House Young's Meeting House Brushy Creek
Dorminy`s Meeting House was constituted December 17, 1831, on a site 1 mile Northwest of Irwinville, near the home of John B. Dorminy, Sr. The Church was of the Primitive Baptist faith, and the elders constituting it were the Rev. J. Baker and the Rev. John Marshall. Organizing members were: John Dorminy, Sr., Rachel Dorminy, Samuel Goff, Tobitha Goff, Susan Jernigan, Richard Tucker, Thomas Wooddard, Nancy Wooddard, Sarah Smith. John Dorminy, Sr., was Clerk. The Rev. Archibald Odum was . . . — Map (db m39994) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Ocilla — 077-1A — Irwin County
This County, created by Acts of the Legislature December 15, 1818 and December 21, 1819, is named for Gov. Jared Irwin who served from 1806 to ‘09. He helped revised the State Constitution in 1789 and ‘98 and was famed for his uncompromising opposition to the Yazoo fraud. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was captured by Union soldiers near Irwinville, where his party had camped for the night May 10, 1865. Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff James Allen, Clerk of Superior . . . — Map (db m40578) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Ocilla — 077-3 — Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park
On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (178 miles NE of the Park), where he performed 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 or Irwinville (9 . . . — Map (db m40008) HM
Georgia (Irwin County), Ocilla — 077-1 — Old Coffee Road
The highway leading north and south at this point is the Old Coffee Road, earliest vehicular and postal route of this section. Beginning at Swain's Ferry on the Ocmulgee River, it ran this way to the Florida Line via today's Lax, Nashville, Cecil, Barwick and Thomasville. The thouroughfare was opened in 1823 by order of the State under the superintendence of General John Coffee and Thomas Swain. Near this place the Coffee Road was crossed by the Columbus-St. Mary's Road which was opened by the . . . — Map (db m19175) HM
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