Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park - Missing

Marker ID: GHM 142-2
Location: Junction of US 41 and Ga 32 in Sycamore, GA
County: Turner
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: None


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.

After a difficult journey via Sandersville, Dublin and Abbeville, he camped a mile north of Irwinville (17 miles E) in the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park, unaware that, in Dublin, the 1 st Wisconsin Cavalry [Federal] had found his trail and begun a pursuit.

At dawn on May 10th, his camp was surrounded by men of the 1 st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalry regiments [Federal] 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.

To visit the park, turn left on State 32 to Irwinville. To continue south after the visit, turn right in Irwinville on State 32 four miles, thence left of State 125 to its junction with US 41 in Tifton. Museum. Open 9 to 6. Picnic grounds.