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This Day in Georgia History

May 10, 1865

Jefferson Davis Captured

Union cavalry pursuing Confederate Pres. 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.

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