Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site

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This property is managed by Irwin County.
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When 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 that includes a museum, short trail, a gift shop, picnic tables and a group shelter.


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.664283 | W -083.387383
From I-75 exit #78 go east 14 miles on Highway 32 to Irwinville. Turn left on Jeff Davis Park Road and proceed one mile to the site (on left).

338 Jeff Davis Park Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Camden County
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site
338 Jeff Davis Park Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750 View Details

Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site



Daniel Robert Gray
229-831-2335  Site Manager, Jefferson Davis Historic Site

John Hughes