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This Day in Georgia History

May 03, 1886

Jefferson Davis Began Savannah Visit

Former Confederate president Jefferson Davis was in Savannah for a six-day visit. On this day, he participated in ceremonies marking the centennial of the Chatham Artillery. The famous unit was organized May 1, 1786, and one of its first duties was to participate in the funeral ceremonies for Gen. Nathanael Greene. Jefferson Davis’s father had served under Gen. Greene in the American Revolution, so he had agreed to take part in the Chatham Artillery’s 100th anniversary commemoration. Numerous other military units were invited to join the Chatham Artillery in a parade through Savannah watched by Davis, Gov. Henry McDaniel, former Gen. John B. Gordon, and numerous other dignitaries. Afterwards, Davis attended formal dedication ceremonies for the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (today known as the Telfair Museum of Art).

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