Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This date in history: Georgia secedes

One hundred and fifty years ago today, a special Georgia state convention met in Milledgeville, which was then the state capital. The convention had debated for three days before voting 208-89 to leave the Union, becoming the fifth state to do so (the first four were South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama).

The following Articles of Secession were adopted:

""We, the people of the State of Georgia, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained: "That the ordinance adopted by the people of the State of Georgia in Convention on the second day of January in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eight-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was assented to, ratified and adopted; and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying and adopting amendments of the said Constitution are hereby repealed, rescinded and abrogated. "We do further declare and ordain, That the Union now subsisting between the State of Georgia and other States, under the name of the "United States of America," is hereby dissolved, and that the State of Georgia is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State."

This would be a great day to come to the library and check out our Triplett Memorial Military History Collection. We have more than 3,000 materials in this collection on the shelves, with more being added every day, and almost a third of them focus on various aspects of the Civil War. I think you'll find it quite impressive! We'll be planning a number of events in conjunction with the war's sesquicentennial, so be on the lookout!

Sources: The Georgia Historical Society,, Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Photo: The old state capital building in Milledgeville. The building is now part of the campus of the Georgia Military College, and serves as a museum. Image source: Library of Congress

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