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Near Oconee in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jefferson Davis

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
1. Jefferson Davis Marker
Inscription. On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (85 miles N), where he performed what proved to be 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, from which vantage point he hoped to negotiate a just peace. His party reached Sandersville (17 miles NE) about noon on May 6th, where the last official business of the Confederate States Treasury was transacted.

That evening, they camped near Ballís Ferry (2 miles NW); but upon learning of a threat to his family, which was on a converging route some hours ahead, Mr. Davis decided to press on. After an all night ride over unfamiliar roads, he found them near the home of Mr. E. J. Blackshear, 10 miles north of Dublin, on the road leading south from this point.

After a hard journey via Dublin and Abbeville, they camped a mile N of Irwinville (93 miles SW) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park. At dawn on May 10th, his camp was surrounded by men of the 1st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalry regiments [US] and he became a “state prisoner,” his hopes for a new nation, in which each state would exercise without interference its cherished “Constitutional rights,” forever dead.
 
Erected
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
2. Jefferson Davis Marker
1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.743′ N, 82° 55.606′ W. Marker is near Oconee, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 57 and Georgia Route 68, on the right when traveling west on State Route 57. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oconee GA 31067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Defense of the Oconee Bridge (approx. 5.5 miles away); Irwinís Crossroad (approx. 7 miles away); Jared Irwin (approx. 8.9 miles away); Toomsboro (approx. 9.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Robert Toombs (approx. 9.5 miles away); Colby Smith (approx. 9.8 miles away); Tennille Station (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oconee.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
3. Jefferson Davis Marker
Looking east on Georgia Highway 57 toward Wrightsville
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
4. Jefferson Davis Marker
Looking west on Georgia Highway 57 toward the intersection with Georgia Highway 68, and the site of Ball's Ferry across the Oconee River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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