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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 12, 1861

Letter Mistakenly Claimed Revolution without Bloodshed

A Georgian in college in South Carolina wrote home to his mother, expressing approval of the Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown and of the actions of the newly formed Confederate government. Unfortunately his idea that the “revolution” had been accomplished without bloodshed was premature - and badly mistaken.

“…What do you think of Governor Brown? Hasn’t he fixed the New Yorkers? You regret to hear how quiet the South Carolinians are keeping when the action of the two states are brought into comparison, and I have heard a great many wish that they had a Brown at the head of their affairs. Georgia has really acted splendidly. I am very much pleased with the President of the Southern Confederacy, for I think he will fill his post with honor. I wonder how the Northerners will feel when delegates from the Southern Confederacy are sent on to negotiate with them. … And what will the Europeans think when they find out that one of the greatest revolutions that has ever taken place was begun and ended without bloodshed. It is truly a revolution guided by reason and carried through without the aid of brute force. …” Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 2.