Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis (HMGGF)

Location: Sandersville, GA 31082 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 58.508', W 82° 48.554'

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On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (68 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 about noon on May 6th, where Judge John H. Reagan, Act'g Sec'y of the Treasury, and Captain M. H. Clark, Act'g Treasurer, transacted the last official business of the Confederate States Treasury.

That evening, they camped near Balls Ferry (17 miles SW); but upon learning of a threat to his family, which was on a converging route some hours ahead, Mr. Davis decided to press on and, after an all night ride over strange roads, he found them near the home of Mr. E. J. Blackshear, 10 miles north of Dublin.

After a hard journey via Dublin and Abbeville, they camped a mile N of Irwinville (110 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 the 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.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number150-11
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 5:00am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 330930 N 3649983
Decimal Degrees32.97513333, -82.80923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 58.508', W 82° 48.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 58' 30.48" N, 82° 48' 33.24" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-565 S Harris St, Sandersville GA 31082, US
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