Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park GHM 137-2 - Tifton, GA
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N 31° 27.778 W 083° 30.332
17R E 261935 N 3483630
The marker is located on Love Ave. (US 41/Ga 7) at W 12th Street (Ga 125) in north part of Tifton, GA.
Waymark Code: WM91RH
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 06/14/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Lat34North
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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 (9 miles SW) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial Park, unaware that, in Dublin, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry (USA) had found his trail and begun pursuit.

At dawn on May 10th, his camp was surrounded by men of the 1st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalry regiments (USA) 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 107 from Fitzgerald to its junction with State 37, thence to Irwinville. To continue south after the visit, turn left in Irwinville on State 32 to its junction with US 129 in Ocilla.
Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: GHM 137-2

Date: 1957

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Commission

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