A $100,000 Reward
"...a perceptible change..."
— Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail —
Colonel Pritchard showed a poster advertising the reward to Jefferson Davis, who read it calmly. But to his wife Varina, Davis said, "The miserable scoundrel who issued that proclamation knew better than these men that it was false." Davis was referring to President Lincoln's successor, President Andrew Johnson. Confederate Colonel Burton N. Harrison, Davis's personal secretary, watched his chief read the document "with a composure unruffled by any feeling other than scorn." Davis remembered that news of the reward caused "vociferous demonstrations of exultation" by his captors. Mrs. Davis added, "There was a perceptible change in the manner of the soldiers from this time, and the jibes and insults heaped upon us… were hard to bear."
Despite the arrival of his full brigade and a higher ranking officer, Colonel Pritchard and his regiment retained control of their captives when they continued riding north toward Macon the next day, May 12th. A soldier in the column mounted the reward proclamation on a flagpole and carried it along their route within sight of Varina Davis and her children. Both Davis's also heard Federal troopers singing "We'll Hang Jeff Davis from a Sour Apple Tree." Despite Jefferson Davis's appeal to Pritchard, who attempted to control the behavior of his men, the taunts, jibes and threats continued. Years later Varina Davis
Regimental flag of the Federal 4th Michigan Calvary. (Michigan State Capitol Commission)
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1865.
Location. 32° 13.556′ N, 83° 28.175′ W. Marker is near Hawkinsville, Georgia, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Abbeville Highway (U.S. 129) just north of Pineview Highway (Georgia Route 112), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pull-out on the east side of Abbeville Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hawkinsville GA 31036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 4 miles away); Pulaski County (approx. 4 miles away); Slosheye Trail (approx. 4 miles away); Federal Pursuit (approx. 4 miles away); Old Hartford (approx. 4 miles away); De Soto Trail (approx. 4.1 miles away); The 1812 Soldiers (approx. 4.1 miles away); Cornerstone of Education in Cochran (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hawkinsville.
Also see . . .
1. Capture of Jefferson Davis
2. Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union forces. A certain amount of controversy surrounds his capture, as Davis was wearing his wife’s black shawl when the Union troops cornered him. The Northern press ridiculed him as a coward, alleging that he had disguised himself as a woman in an ill-fated attempt to escape. However, Davis, and especially his wife, Varina, maintained that he was ill and that Varina had lent him her shawl to keep his health up during their difficult journey. (Submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.