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This Week in Georgia Civil War History
Apr. 13, 1862: The Southern Confederacy of Atlanta printed a short editorial on the fall of Fort Pulaski, which was not kind to those who planned the coastal defenses.
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier who had reached the end of his term of service.
While the previous soldier was returning home, another one was taking his Enlistment Oath to the State of Georgia.
Apr. 14, 1862: The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a report on the attack on Fort Pulaski from their correspondent in Savannah.
Below is the handwritten discharge order for a Georgia soldier who suffered from both a fever and hemorrhoids.
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier who suffered from a severe fever.
The Southern Federal Union of Milledgeville also reported on the fall of Fort Pulaski, although they had few details. They did comment that brick and mortar forts would not be able to stand up to Northern firepower, and that more ironclad ships were needed.
The Southern Recorder of Milledgeville also reported on Fort Pulaski, praised its defenders, and expected an imminent attack on Savannah.
Click here to see the discharge order for a Georgia soldier who suffered from a "hemorage of the bowels."
Apr. 16, 1862: Confederate President Jefferson Davis signed into law a conscription act passed by the Confederate Congress the previous day; it mandated three years of service for all males between 18 and 35 years of age. This would be a point of contention between Davis and Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, who was openly critical of the law and attempted to exempt Georgia state troops from it. As it passed originally, the law applied to all men, except those unable to serve because of physcial disability, or those who could afford to pay for a substitute to fight in their place.
While the Confederate Congress was enacting a conscription law, The Southern Watchman of Athens was editorializing that there was no need for one.
The Confederate Post Office issued a five-cent stamp with the image of President Jefferson Davis.
Apr. 17, 1862: The Southern Confederacy reprinted a brief item from a Virginia newspaper on the passage of the conscription act.
Apr. 18, 1862: The Georgia Weekly Telegraph of Macon printed three successive items on Fort Pulaski, beginning with the first day's bombardment and ending with its surrender.
Apr. 19, 1862: The Southern Confederacy printed an editorial again claiming the North would pay its war debt - and pointed out its staggering sums - by conquering and robbing the South.
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