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Jefferson Davis Memorial.
Copyright: - Georgia State Parks
Jefferson Davis Memorial.
Description - 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.

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.

Location - 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.

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Filed By: Val Lyons (Atlanta, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
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Report: Nice, out-of-the-way historic site, very quite. Closest towns for lodging or meals would be either Tifton or Fitzgerald. Nice, short nature walk on property. In warm weather, insect repelllentis a MUST! anywhere in this part of Georgia. Excellent video on capture of Jefferson Davis in park headquarters. Reasonable distance from Jimmy Carter boyhood home near Plains, GA.

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Contact Information:
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, 338 Jeff Davis Park Road , Fitzgerald, GA, 31750, Phone: 912-831-2335

Additional Information:
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites - There are 54 State Parks in Georgia, located throughout the state. The northern part of the state has the most parks with a high concentration along the coast as well.
Georgia's Historic Sites -
Plains Region - This area is located at the western edge of Georgia along the Alabama state line and south to the Florida line. Columbus is the major city in the area. These areas include lakes and rivers as well as historic home sites.

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