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This Day in Georgia History

April 30, 1886

Jefferson Davis Arrived in LaGrange

Aboard a special train decorated with flags and bunting bound from Montgomery to Atlanta to participate in the unveiling of a monument to his loyal friend Benjamin Hill on May 1, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis stopped in LaGrange, Hill’s birthplace, and briefly addressed the crowd that had turned out to honor him. Accompany Davis was his daughter, Winnie, and former Confederate general John B. Gordon.

To view an image of Jefferson Davis on the Stone Mountain Memorial, see the Georgia Archives