Historic Markers Across Georgia



Pursuit of Jefferson Davis



Marker ID: GHM 088-5
Location: Junction of US 19 and Ga 118 south of Smithville
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 31° 54.001    W 084° 15.152
  31.90002241    -84.25253217
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAEQB
Pursuit of Jefferson Davis Marker
Photo by Ken Moser



Text:

Early in May, 1865, Federal cavalry under command of Col. R.H.G. Minty, U.S.A., passed through Smithville in pursuit of Jefferson Davis. They camped for one night near this spot, moved west to Cuthbert, then to Eufaula, Ala., south to Fort Gaines, Ga., back to Cuthbert, then again to Smithville, and on to Americus. President Johnson in aproclamation May 2, 1865, offered a reward of $100,000 for the capture of Jefferson Davis. Hoping to obtain this reward, Federal troops spread out over most of this State. Davis was finally captured May 10, 1865, near Irwinville.

GHM 088-5 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956



 

 

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