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Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site

Historic Site 229-831-2335

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This property is managed by Irwin County.
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.
Note: Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site has no reservable facilities.

Historic Site Hours:

Wednesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Historic Site Admission:

+ Tax.
Group rates available with advance notice.


• 13 Picnic Sites
• Group Shelter (seats 100, $150)
• 1/3-Mile Nature Trail
• Civil War Museum
• Monument
• Gift Shop
• Playground

Nearby Attractions:

Flint River Aquarium, Albany
• Blue & Gray Museum
• Crime & Punishment Museum
Fitzgerald, Georgia
General Coffee State Park (camping/cottages)
• Georgia Agrirama
Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park & Resort (resort/camping/cottages)
Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge (lodge/camping/cottages)
Memorial Golf Course at Georgia Veterans State Park
Reed Bingham State Park (camping)
Wallace Adams Golf Course at Little Ocmulgee State Park

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

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).

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

Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site

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