This Day in Georgia History
May 02, 1886
Jefferson Davis Departed Atlanta for Savannah
After a two-day visit in Atlanta to attend dedication ceremonies for the new Ben Hill Monument, Jefferson Davis boarded a special train bound for Savannah. Knowing of Davis’s plans to be in Atlanta for the May 1 monument dedication, Savannah officials had successfully solicited Davis to attend a variety of special ceremonies and events being planned in Savannah. On the way, the train stopped briefly in Forsyth and Macon, where the ex-Confederate president was greeted by crowds and spoke briefly from the back of his train. Although he didn’t leave the train, Davis would return to Macon the following year for a more formal visit.