Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (HMQQY)

Location: Tifton, GA 31794 Tift County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 27.779', W 83° 30.325'

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On May 4, 1865, Jefferson Davis arrived in Washington, Georgia (178 miles NE of the Park), where he performed 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 where, supported by those Confederate forces not yet surrendered, he hoped to negotiate a just peace.

After a difficult journey via Sandersville, Dublin and Abbeville, he camped a mile north or Irwinville (18 miles NE) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park, unaware that, in Dublin, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [US] had found his trail and begun a pursuit.

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.

To visit the Park, take State 125 from Tifton to its junction with State 32, thence to Irwinville. To continue North after the visit, turn right in Irwinville on State 32 to its junction with US 41 at Sycamore. Museum. Open 9 to 6. Picnic grounds.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number137-2_MARKER
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 261946 N 3483631
Decimal Degrees31.46298333, -83.50541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 27.779', W 83° 30.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 27' 46.74" N, 83° 30' 19.50" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1087-1099 Love Ave, Tifton GA 31794, US
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