Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail   | Civil War 150 | Georgia Civil War Sites

SM

(placeholder)

Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail

Old Dan Tucker


Daniel Tucker’s Grave - This classic American folk song may have evolved from slaves singing about a part-time minister who lived near Elberton, Georgia. Published in 1843 by Dan Emmett (the author of “Dixie”), the song was extremely popular around both Northern and Southern campfires.

GPS: 34.1144, -82.6728



Granite Veterans Monument




Hester’s Ferry


Hester’s Ferry - Near dawn on May 3, 1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis, members of his cabinet and staff, plus ~2,500 Confederate cavalrymen crossed the Savannah River here into Georgia. Over the next ten days the final chapter of the Confederacy was written, including of its treasury.

GPS: 33.9359, -82.5292



Chenault


Chenault (a.k.a. Chennault) - After entering Georgia the Confederate soldiers escorting President Jefferson Davis were near rebellion. Rather than see the treasury they were protecting fall into Federal hands they wanted to receive past due compensation for their service. The legend of “lost gold” began.  

GPS: 33.9079, -82.6021




Washington Square


Washington Square - Before noon on May 3, 1865 a weary Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a small escort rode into Washington. After resting overnight Davis met with several officials and dispersed part of the Confederate treasury. He then continued riding south with a smaller group.

GPS: 33.7379, -82.7390





Raytown




Warrenton




Ogeechee Shoals




Warthen




Griffin's Pond




Washington County Courthouse


Washington County Courthouse - On May 6, 1865, as Jefferson Davis and his escort were riding south through Washington County, they stopped long enough for two of his government’s remaining officials to conduct the last act of the Confederate treasury.

GPS: 32.9834, -82.8114




Tennille Station


Tennille Station - Union Major General William T. Sherman and part of his army moved through Tennille on November 27, 1864 during their “March to the Sea.” Less than six months later, on May 6, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his escort hurriedly rode south through the same area.

GPS: 32.9360, -82.8123





Ball's Ferry/East Bank




Blackshear's




Oconee River Crossing




Laurens County Courthouse




Parkerson Church/Overnight Camp




Old Abbeville Road




Wilcox County Courthouse




Evergreen Cemetery




Women's Relief Corps




The 4th Michigan Closes In




Fitzgerald's Founding




Irwinville




May 11, 1865 Campsite




Federal Pursuit




Sandy Run




Route of the Fallen President




The Lanier House


Hotel Lanier - Opening in 1850, the Lanier House was Macon’s premiere hotel during the war. Upon Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s arrival in Macon under guard on May 13, 1865, following his capture three days earlier near Irwinville, he met here with Union Major General James H. Wilson.

GPS: 32.8375, -83.6271



The Bear’s Den


The Baber-Lamar-Cobb House - Constructed in 1829 for Dr. Ambrose Baber, it was given a nickname by its secessionist 2nd owner John B. Lamar. It was the home of Confederate Major General Howell Cobb during the war, and used shortly afterward by U.S. Major General John T. Croxton.

GPS: 32.8391, -83.6264



Cowles-Bond House


Cowles-Bond House - Known today as the Woodruff House, this impressive Greek Revival mansion overlooks downtown Macon. It was used by Union Major General James H. Wilson as his headquarters for more than two months after his cavalry captured Macon in April 1865.

GPS: 32.8419, -83.6341


Advertise On Our Site

Subscribe to Our

"Civil War Heritage Trails"

e-Newsletter

Honor Your Ancestors and Help Tell Their Story

Follow Me on Pinterest

We Will Never Share Your Information!

Unsubscribe Easily.

Interpretive Marker Sites

Like This "GA Jefferson Davis" Page

South Georgia

Wilson's Raid

Northeast Georgia - Coming Soon

March to the Sea

Jefferson Davis

Atlanta Campaign

Trailblazer and “red star” signs at the

Wilkes County Courthouse

in Washington

Trailblazer sign at Hamburg State Outdoor Recreation Area

near Warthen

Interpretive marker at the

Washington County Courthouse in Sandersville

Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald

Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site

in Irwinville

Enthusiastic reader of the

Cowles-Bond House

interpretive marker in Macon

SM