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D'Estaing sent a surrender ultimatum to Gen. Augustine Prevost, commander of the British forces holding Savannah. Prevost asked for 24 hours to consider the demand, During the truce, Prevost forces were reinforced by British troops from Beaufort, S.C., and he declined the surrender.
1831 According to the Dictionary of Georgia Biography, minister and educator Morgan Callaway was born on this day in Washington, Georgia. However, according to other sources – including the website of the Callaway Family Association and the USGenWeb website for the Resthaven Cemetery in Washington, Ga., where Callaway is buried – Morgan Callaway was born on April 16, 1831 – which is the date accepted by TDGH for his birth [click here for entry].
1866 Women's religious leader Carrie Parks Johnson was born in Georgia. After graduating from LaGrange Female College in 1883, she married a Methodist preacher. In 1910, she became active in the Methodist Church as a founding member of the Women's Missionary Council (WMC), chaired its Laity Committee, and served as a member of the Methodist General Board of Missions. Johnson promoted laity rights for women and was elected a delegate to the Methodist Church's 1922 general conference. In 1920, she chaired the WMC's Commission on Race Relations. Later that year, she began working with black women to promote interracial cooperation – a principle she was committed to until her death in 1929.
1933 Reporting on New Deal initiatives to end the Depression, newspapers announced that Georgia would be receiving $70 million in federal funds to build roads and public projects in attempts to stimulate business recovery and ease unemployment.
1946 Noted short-story writer Mary Hood was born in Brunswick, Georgia.
Hood's first collection, How Far She Went, was published in 1984 and won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 1986, she followed with a second collection, And Venus is Blue, which garnered multiple awards.
1963 Savannah Georgia Public Broadcasting affiliate WVAN-TV began broadcasting.
1986 Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
After a stellar career at the University of Georgia, during which he was Southeastern Conference MVP in 2008, Beckham was selected by the White Sox in the first round of the 2008 amateur entry draft, for which he was awarded a $2,600,000 signing bonus. He made his Chicago debut on June 4, 2009.
2008 Jack Alderman was executed by lethal injection at the Georgia Department of Corrections prison in Jackson, Georgia.
Alderman, 57, had been on death row for 34 years – longer than any other condemned prisoner in Georgia. He was convicted in 1974 for the murder of his wife in order to collect on her life insurance policy.
2009 A series of storms continued passing through west and north Georgia, which would eventually drop over ten inches of rain (significantly more in some areas) over much of the state. The result was severe flooding in numerous Georgia counties, some even closing interstate highways. Death tolls from the flooding would reach at least nine people.
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Sept. 16:
1870 Clarkesville (Habersham County) and Euharlee (Bartow County)
1891 Hapeville (Fulton County)
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1738 In Savannah, Trustees' secretary William Stephens bemoaned the lack of good hired help available in Georgia:
Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia ([no city cited]: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. I, pp. 287-288.
1739 Georgia colonist Patrick Mackay accompanied James Oglethorpe on his important visit to the Creek Nation. On this day, after a four-day rest at Fort Augusta, Mackay recorded in his journal of their departure:
Source: Ed Cashin, Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 83.
1775 Georgia royal governor James Wright wrote once again to Lord Dartmouth, British secretary of state for the colonies, about the success of the independence movement in Georgia and the other American colonies.
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 39.
1817 In an editorial calling for the gradual reduction of Georgia's slave population to be replaced by German workers, the Georgia Journal further argued against the presence of free blacks in Georgia:
Source: Mary Young, "Racism in Red and Black: Indians and Other Free People of Color in Georgia Law, Politics, and Removal Policy," 73 Georgia Historical Quality (Fall 1989), p. 498.
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