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1814 The U.S. and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent officially ending the War of 1812. Word of the treaty, however, did not reach Georgia until February 1815. When learning of its provisions, many Georgia politicians called on the president to renounce the treaty and continue the war.
1821 Gov. John Clark signed an act creating Newton County as Georgia's 53rd county. Created from portions of Henry, Jasper, and Walton counties, Newton County was named for Sgt. John Newton, who served with Revolutionary War hero William Jasper.
1825 Gov. George Troup signed legislation creating Taliaferro and Butts counties.
Taliaferro County, Georgia's 69th, was created from portions of Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Warren, and Wilkes counties and named for Col. Benjamin Taliaferro, who served in Revolutionary War and the U.S. House of Representatives (1799-1802).
1827 Gov. John Forsyth signed an act directing him to appoint five commissioners to select a 1200-acre site on the state-owned Coweta Reserve (which was near Coweta Falls on the Chattahoochee River) and to lay out a "trading town" to consist of at least 500 half-acre town lots plus a 10-acre square for construction of public buildings for officials of Muscogee County's government. The legislation incorporating the new town designated its name as Columbus.
1832 Gov. Wilson Lumpkin signed an act incorporating the Georgia Infirmary, which was created "for the relief and protection of aged and afflicted negroes" in Georgia. The facility was to be located in Chatham County. Named in the act as the board of directors were Jacob Wood of McIntosh County and Rev. C.C. Jones of Liberty County.
1900 In Savannah, an argument between two teenagers turned deadly as Moses "Coony" Houston shot and mortally wounded Delia Green. "Coony" apparently claimed Green was "his girl" while she objected. The incident inspired the popular song "Delia's Gone," a.k.a. "Delia," "All I Have is Gone," and "All I Got Done Gone." (Item contributed by John Garst, University of Georgia.)
1941 The U.S.S. Atlanta was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard. Margaret Mitchell was sponsor of the light cruiser, which unfortunately would be lost in the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. For more on the U.S.S. Atlanta, see the Sept. 6, 1941, entry.
1978 In their first appearance
in the National Football League playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the
Philadelphia Eagles 14-13.
2000 The University of Georgia defeated the University of Virginia 37-14 in the Oahu Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. In his final game as coach, Jim Donnan led the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive bowl victory in four years – a school record. It also marked the second time in history that the Bulldogs won 8 games in four consecutive years.
Georgia cities and towns first incorporated by acts approved on Dec. 24:
1827 Columbus (Muscogee County)
1842 Villa Rica (Carroll County)
1884 Gracewood (Richmond County), Harmony Grove (Jackson County), Sharon (Taliaferro County), and Jug Tavern (Jackson, Walton, and Gwinnett counties)
1890 Unadilla (Dooly County)
In Their Own Words on This Day . . .
1864 Pvt. Frederick Buerstatte of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteers recorded in his diary from Savannah on Christmas eve:
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1864 Fearing that General William T. Sherman was going to change the path of his march to Augusta instead of Savannah, Judge Garnett Andrews in Washington, Georgia sent his 25-year-old daughter Eliza to live with her oldest sister near Albany. Her journey took her through the area Sherman's forces had marched through earlier. Writing in her journal, Eliza Frances Andrews described the destruction she saw:
Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 32-33.
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