Hawkinsville and Pulaski County
— Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail —
The first local unit mustered into service was the "Pulaski Volunteers." They became Company G of the 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment. T. D. Lawrence Ryan was the company's first Captain. They fought in the First Battle of Manassas (a.k.a. First Bull Run) and throughout the entire war as part of the Army of Northern Virginia. A subsequent company Captain, William W. Williamson, enlisted as a Private in 1861, was elected 1st Lieutenant and was wounded in 1862 then was promoted to the company's Captain in 1863. He continued with the company until surrendering with its few surviving members at Appomattox, Virginia in April 1865.
Four years after the Pulaski Volunteers departed Hawkinsville in 1861, Confederate President
With orders to return to Macon with their prisoners, Colonel Pritchard and his 4th Michigan Cavalry detachment began riding north. They were preceded by Colonel Harnden and a detachment of his 1st Wisconsin
Moving slower with wagons carrying some of their prisoners, Colonel Pritchard's escorting detachment camped one night in Abbeville, then approximately four miles south of Hawkinsville on May 11th. They passed through Hawkinsville again early on Friday, May 12, 1865, closely guarding Davis and the other Confederates.
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° 16.99′ N, 83° 27.843′ W. Marker is in Hawkinsville, Georgia, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Golden Isles Parkway (U.S. 341) and North Florida Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in Hawkinsville Veterans Memorial Riverfront Park. 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 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slosheye Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pulaski County
Also see . . . Capture of Jefferson Davis by the Fourth Michigan. For the Fourth Michigan, this was the largest, most important contribution to the war effort. The capture of Davis was one of the final acts needed for the Country to begin settling into the uneasy peace that followed. Had Davis not been captured he may have gone on with his plans to get the war going again. (Submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.