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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 09, 1860

Secession Convention Called in South Carolina

The South Carolina legislature called for a convention, to meet on December 17, to decide if that state would secede from the Union. It would be the first state to make that decision. The decision to call for an early convention may well have been influenced by a secession demonstration in Charleston similar to the one that had taken place the previous night in Savannah. In fact, several men from Georgia - including Henry Rootes Jackson and Francis Bartow - came to Charleston to attend that city’s demonstration, giving stirring speeches and assuring them of Georgia’s support. A rumor even spread that Georgia Senator Robert Toombs had resigned his seat, though this turned out to be premature.