Visit the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Fitzgerald Georgia - Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a few remaining staff members crossed the Savannah River into Georgia on May 3, 1865.
They were headed for the Western Theater of War where Davis planned to unite rebel forces and continue fighting for the 'lost cause.' On May 9, 1865, they camped in this pine forest, not knowing that pursuit was so close behind.
At dawn, they were surrounded by two independent groups of Union cavalry who were unaware of each other's presence. Gunfire ensued until the federal forces realized they had been shooting at one another. Two Union cavalrymen died during the skirmish. Davis was taken prisoner and held in Virginia for two years until released.
Today, a monument marks the spot where he was arrested. Visitors can tour the 13-acre historic site.
NOTE: Site is operated by Irwin County. Open Wed - Sun, 9am - 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Call to confirm hours and prices.
13 Picnic SitesGroup Shelter (seats 100, $150)1/3-Mile Nature Trail Civil War Museum with film and artifacts Monument Gift Shop Playground
Admission is $2.75-$4 plus tax. Group rates available with advance notice.
Phone - Address - Location & Website
Phone 229- 831-2335 - Address: 338 Jeff Davis Park Rd., Fitzgerald Georgia 31750 - GPS Coordinates: N 31.664283 | W -083.387383 - Directions: From I-75 exit #78 go east 14 miles on Ga. Hwy. 32 to Irwinville. Turn left on Jeff Davis Park Road and proceed one mile to the site (on left).