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.