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This Week in Georgia Civil War History
Nov. 10, 1861: The Daily Federal Union of Milledgeville printed two proclamations from Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, one calling for more volunteers to defend Georgia's coast in the wake of the Battle of Port Royal on November 7, and the second calling for a day of fasting and prayer on November 15.
Nov. 11, 1861: The Richmond Times Dispatch printed a table showing each seceded state's representation numbers in the Confederate Congress.
Nov. 12, 1861: The blockade running ship Fingal, bought by the Confederates in England, eluded Northern ships in a dense fog and arrived in Savannah, carrying a load of weapons and supplies. It was to be re-loaded with cotton, but could not escape the blockade to get out of the harbor. The Fingal would ultimately be converted into an ironclad and renamed the CSS Atlanta. Click here for the full story of the Fingal.
The Daily Federal Union of Milledgeville reprinted a letter from a Mobile, AL newspaper offering a unique way of dealing with "tight times" brought on by the Union blockade.
The same newspaper offered editorials on the urgent need to defend the Georgia coast, while also predicting that the Northern fleet was its last hope to win the war.
Nov. 13, 1861: The Daily Federal Union continued to stress the importance of being ready to defend the state of Georgia, and also added a suggestion for dealing with "traitors," those loyal to the United States.
The Southern Watchman of Athens also reported the distressing news that Northern ships were near Georgia's coast.
Nov. 14, 1861: The Daily Federal Union hearkened back to one of America's earliest heroes for inspiration in an editorial printed on this day.
Click here to see a copy of a disability discharge awarded to a Georgia soldier on this date.
More Georgia troop movements were noted in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
Nov. 15, 1861: This day was proclaimed by both Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer. In accordance with those proclamations, Henry H. Tucker delivered a sermon to the Georgia General Assembly called "God in the War." Click here to read the full text of the sermon.
The Daily Federal Union opted to observe the day of fasting and prayer.
The Georgia Weekly Telegraph of Macon printed a defiant editorial, which acknowledged Northern superiority along the coasts, but warned of dire consequences should they try to move inland.
A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, telling her of an unhappy confrontation between two groups of Confederate soldiers who fired on each other, thinkin the others were Yankees. He also mentioned the fast day.
Nov. 16, 1861: This week's edition of Harper's Weekly printed two anti-Southern cartoons.
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