Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site, Fitzgerald

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#195 of 285 in Parks in Georgia
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site is a 12.668acre state historic site located in Irwin County, Georgia that marks the spot where Confederate States President Jefferson Davis was captured by United States cavalry on Wednesday, May 10, 1865. The historic site features a granite monument with a bust of Jefferson Davis that is located at the place of capture. The memorial museum, built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, features Civil War era weapons, uniforms, artifacts and an exhibit about the president's 1865 flight from Richmond, Virginia to Irwin County, Georgia.HistoryWhen Confederate States President Jefferson Davis and a few remaining staff members crossed the Savannah River into the state of Georgia on Wednesday, May 3, 1865, they were headed for the Western Theater where he planned to unite Confederate States forces and continue the Civil War. On Tuesday, May 9, 1865, they camped in a pine forest (present-day Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site), not knowing that pursuit was so close behind. At dawn the next day, they were surrounded by two independent groups of U.S. cavalry who were unaware of each other’s presence. Gunfire ensued until federal forces realized they had been shooting at one another. Two U.S. cavalrymen died during the skirmish. President Davis was taken prisoner and held in Fort Monroe, Virginia for two years until released. Today, a state memorial marks the location where he was captured. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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  • This is a very historical site and worthy of a memorial and museum and this has been accomplished. The museum is nicely constructed with a period-appearing building with a front porch with rocking cha...  more »
  • We have our family reunions at this location. It has an a/c meeting room with kitchen. There is playground for kids and a museum  more »
  • Enjoyed our time to visit in Irwinville at this quaint museum. The displayed memorbilia and artifacts were fascinating. Guide was helpful and friendly...He gave us tips on eateries in nearby Ocilla an...  more »
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  • If you like history there is lots of it here! I would suggest doing the tour, the tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and did a great job! I would suggest strolling around the grounds while your there,incredible garden and cemetery.
  • A very good short film, interesting photos in the little Museum, and the guide out to the Memorial monument was very informative very friendly, very nice. This is the actual capture site of Jefferson Davis and it's worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood or if you're a civil war buff.
  • Part of history, but the memorial has seen better days. It looks like it isn't maintained well and it is somewhat expensive for a very small attraction. It is also pretty isolated.
  • Privately owned. cost low. You can see the actual place where Jefferson Davis was captured and a monument to him. Small but nice museum. Nice place to see but a way off road.
  • Small site off the beaten path. The museum isn't much but if you're a Civil War history buff you'll enjoy it. The story of Davis's capture is the best part. There's a short nature walk that loops around the property and passes through a restored version of the campsite where he was captured.
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