- 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.
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Jefferson Davis Memorial.
Recreation - At Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, visitors can tour the 13-acre historic site that includes a Civil War museum, 20 picnic tables and a group shelter.
Climate - Georgia has a warm climate, especially in the southern regions of the state. Expect high temperatures and humidity levels during spring and summer months. The area can offer a relatively warm escape for snow-free outdoor recreation during the winter months.
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site is located south of Macon in the Plains Region in southern Georgia To reach the park, take I-75 exit #26 and then go 14 miles east on Georgia Hwy. 32 14 to Irwinville. Turn left on Jeff Davis Park Road and proceed one mile to the site.