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Dublin in Laurens County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Jefferson Davis

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
1. Jefferson Davis Marker
Inscription. On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (102 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. Traveling via Warthen, Sandersville and Ball’s Ferry, he reached the home of Mr. E. J. Blackshear (10 miles N) early on May 7th, after finding his family camped nearby.

Stopping only for breakfast, he pushed on -- Mrs. Davis’ party added to his -- reaching Dublin about 11 o’clock. After securing supplies from Judge F. H. Rowe, he again pushed on. He camped near Alligator Creek (20 miles SW), unaware that the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US had learned of his passage through Dublin.

On the 8th, he camped in Abbeville (50 miles SW) after crossing the Ocmulgee River. On the 9th, he camped a mile N of Irwinville (76 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.
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
2. Jefferson Davis Marker

 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 087-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 32.693′ N, 82° 53.469′ W. Marker is in Dublin, Georgia, in Laurens County. Marker is on Central Drive (U.S. 80) 0.1 miles west of Nobles Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located on a small stretch of land between the two bridges over the Oconee River. Marker is in this post office area: East Dublin GA 31027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); Laurens County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Captain Hardy Smith House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Governor Troup's Home (approx. 5.8 miles away but has been reported missing); The Oconee Electric Membership Corporation (approx. 10.5 miles away); Johnson County (approx. 16.2 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 16.2 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 16.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
3. Jefferson Davis Marker
Looking west toward Dublin and the Laurens County Courthouse: the bridge visible in the distance is over the primary channel of the Oconee River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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