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

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, July 1993
1. Jefferson Davis Marker
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 the forces of Generals E. Kirby Smith, Taylor, Forrest, Maury and Magruder “to form an army, which in the portion of that country abounding in supplies, and deficient in rivers and railroads, could have continued the war until our enemy, foiled in the purpose of subjugation, should, in accordance with his repeated declaration, have agreed, on the basis of a return to the Union, to acknowledge the Constitutional rights of the States, and by a convention, or quasi-treaty, to guarantee the security of person and property.” His family joined him near Dublin.

On the night of May 9th, after a difficult journey via Sandersville, Dublin and Abbeville, he camped at this site, unaware that pursuit was close behind. At dawn, his camp was surrounded by Union Cavalry and the revered
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leader of the Lost Cause was taken to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, where, until May 13, 1867, he was held as a “state prisoner,” his hopes for a new nation, in which each state would exercise without interference its cherished “Constitutional rights” forever dead.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 077-5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1865.
Location. 31° 39.84′ N, 83° 23.215′ W. Marker is in Irwinville, Georgia, in Irwin County. Marker is on Jeff Davis Park Road. Inside Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Irwinville GA 31760, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); 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); Fitzgerald Rotary Club (approx. 8˝ miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902
Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America image. Click for full size.
Collection of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1861
2. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America
(approx. 8˝ miles away); Fitzgerald (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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. Jefferson Davis Memorial Park and Museum. The Civil War in Georgia, An Illustrated Travelers Guide website entry (Submitted on February 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The True Story Of The Capture Of Jefferson Davis. Wikisource entry:
Series of articles by Major W. T. Walthall, former A.A.G., Confederate Army that appeared in the Southern Historical Papers. (Submitted on February 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,466 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. It was the Marker of the Week May 10, 2015. Photos:   1. submitted on February 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on May 10, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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Jun. 2, 2023