Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park

Marker ID: GHM 077-3
Location: Junction of Ga 32 and Ga 35 in the west edge of Ocilla
County: Irwin
Coordinates: N 31° 35.655    W 083° 15.678
  31.59424591    -83.26129913
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAG76
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


On the night of May 9, 1865, Jefferson Davis, with his family and a small escort, enroute south to avoid a screen of Union cavalry attempting to intercept him, reached the site of the present Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (1 mile north) and made camp. He was unaware that in Dublin, two days earlier, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry (USA) had discovered his passage and was in close pursuit; or that at Abbeville, earlier in the day, the 4th Michigan Cavalry (USA) had learned of his proximity.

The 1st Wisconsin had camped well north to avoid discovery and the subsequent chance of Mr. Davis´ escape under cover of darkness. In the night, members of the 4th Michigan learned the location of Mr. Davis´ camp by posing as members of his escort. Just before dawn, both regiments closed in -- each unaware of the presence of the other -- and, after an unfortunate collision in which two Michigan soldiers were killed, seized Mr. Davis and his party.

Sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Annual Pilgrimage on June 3rd, the anniversary of Mr. Davis´ birth, attracts hundreds of visitors to the Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park to do honor to the memory of the only President of the Confederate States of America.

Museum. Open 9 to 6. Picnic grounds

GHM 077-4 Georgia Historical Commission 1957