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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 15, 1861

Convention of Seceded States Voted to Take Forts

The Augusta Weekly Chronicle and Sentinel reported from Montgomery, AL, where the convention of seceded states was in session, that vice president Alexander Stephens announced that a fellow Georgian had sent him a model for a new seal for the Confederacy. The design was referred to the flag committee.

And on an ominous note, the convention voted to take Fort Sumter in South Carolina and Fort Pickens in Florida, forcibly if the current inhabitants would not surrender them.