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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 22, 1860

Georgia Mentioned Twice in Virginia Newspaper

The Richmond Times Dispatch mentioned Georgia twice - the first time in printing a speech given in Maryland on the secession crisis, and the second an example of how at least one slave owner was giving his slaves something special during the holidays - this was an attempt to disprove accusations of cruelty towards slaves.

“…To return to this Congressional Committee, it is all trickery and subterfuge. They don’t mean to do anything, and, they can’t do anything - for they haven’t started right; they haven’t begun at the beginning. They are perfecting points of detail, when the vital principle of concession has not been touched. I was in Washington a few days, and spoke with gentlemen on that Committee, to whom I took the liberty of suggesting a resolution similar to that since proposed by Mr. Crawford, of Georgia, recognizing the institution of slavery as it is recognized in the Constitution and in the decisions of the Supreme Court. Well, let them attempt to press that resolution, and that moment the Committee will explode.–The men from the North will never cede that right. They’ll try to delay action till January or May, but they will never yield the right of slavery, which they deny upon their consciences, and which we, on our consciences, –a right which we will never agree to surrender. Never. [Applause]…”

and

Shocking treatment of Southern slaves . We clip the following from the Charleston (S. C.) Mercury: Annual Christmas Exclusion.–It will be seen by reference to our shipping advertisements, that the steamer St. Mary’s, E. Lafitte & Co., agents, will leave Savannah Packet wharf on Sunday afternoon, the 23d inst., for Wilmington, N. C., and return the afternoon following. For many seasons one of the Messrs. Lafitte & Co.’s steamers has been chartered, a few days previous to Christmas, to convey a large gang of negroes, who are employed in the constructions of railroads, &c., in Georgia and Florida, to their old homes in old “Norf Kerlina” to spend the Christmas holidays, and the St. Mary’s has been chartered for this purpose on this occasion. When the holidays are over the St. Mary’s will return to Wilmington for the negroes, whose hearts will be gladdened and made light by this annual courtesy and kindness of their owners and employers.