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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 10, 1865

Jefferson Davis Captured Outside Irwinville, Georgia

Union cavalry pursuing former Confederate President Jefferson Davis discovered his camp outside of Irwinville, Georgia. Davis and his party were still asleep and caught by surprise. Davis covered himself with his wife’s overcoat and tried to escape on foot. Because of this, he was unfairly lampooned in the northern press as trying to escape by disguising himself as a woman. Click here to read more about the capture of Davis. The place where he was captured is now a historic site.