This Week in the Civil War - #1086
By Saturday, May 6, 1865 the fleeing Jefferson Davis and his entourage, attempting to get south of their Union pursuers so they could then journey to the Confederate Department of the Trans-Mississippi to continue the war, neared Sandersville, Georgia. Union cavalry was diligently scouring the southern parts of South Carolina and northern Georgia, looking for Davis and his compatriots. On May 9, the Confederate president and his wife Varina joyfully reunited at Dublin, Georgia near the Oconee River, having been separated for more than a month since Richmond’s fall. Their reunion would be a short one, however, because the following morning Federal troops would surprise, overwhelm, and detain Davis and his entourage near Irwinville, Georgia, ending at last any real hope of continuing the southern war effort.