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

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park

 
 
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
1. Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker
Inscription.  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 1st Wisconsin had camped well north to avoid discovery and the subsequent chance of Mr. Davis’ escape under cover of darkness. In the night, members of the 4th Michigan learned the location of Mr. Davis’ camp by posing as members of his escort. Just before dawn, both regiments closed in -- each unaware of the presence of the other -- and, after an unfortunate collision in which two Michigan soldiers were killed, seized Mr. Davis and his party.

Sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Annual Pilgrimage on June 3rd, the anniversary of Mr. Davis’ birth, attracts hundreds of visitors to the Jefferson Davis Memorial State
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Park to do honor to the memory of the only President of the Confederate States of America.

Museum. Open 9 to 6. Picnic grounds.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 077-4.)
 
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, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 9, 2008.
 
Location. 31° 38.897′ N, 83° 22.963′ W. Marker is in Irwinville, Georgia, in Irwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Irwinville Highway (Georgia Route 32) and Jeff Davis Park Road, on the right when traveling west on Irwinville Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Jefferson Davis (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 8.1 miles away); First Baptist Church Bell (approx. 8.2 miles away); Gen. Bush's Home (approx. 8.7 miles away); Confederate Memorial
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
2. Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker
The intersection in Irwinville, with Georgia Highway 32, the Irwinville Highway, on the left, and Jeff Davis Park Road to the right.
(approx. 8.7 miles away); Irwin County (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Irwinville.
 
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
3. Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker
Looking north on Jeff Davis Park Road toward the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, one mile north.
Jefferson Davis Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
4. Jefferson Davis Highway Marker
A marker for the Jefferson Davis Highway stands by the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 956 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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