Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jefferson Davis

Marker ID: GHM 045-2
Location: US 23/Ga 87 at the First Baptist Church in Eastman, GA
County: Dodge
Coordinates: N 32° 11.911    W 083° 10.781
  32.198516    -83.17968
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMA5H0
Jefferson Davis Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


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. Traveling via Warthen and Sandersville he reached the home of Mr. E.J. Blackshear (10 miles N of Dublin) early on May 7th, after finding his family camped nearby.

Stopping only for breakfast he pushed on -- Mrs. Davis´ party added to his -- reaching Dublin (30 miles NE) about 11 o´clock. After securing supplies, he again pushed on. He camped near Alligator Creek (10 miles NE) and again four miles SE of Eastman (UDC marker at site), unaware that the 1st Wisonsin Cavalry (USA) had learned of his passage through Dublin and had begun a pursuit.

After crossing the Ocmulgee River near Abbeville (20 miles SW), he camped a mile N of Irwinville (46 miles SW) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park.

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.

GHM 045-2 Georgia Historic Marker 1957

Jefferson Davis
Photo by Ken Moser