This Day in Georgia Civil War History
December 25, 1860
Southern Congressmen Published Address to Constituents
The Milledgeville Federal Union printed Howell Cobb’s resignation letter (he had resigned December 8) and President James Buchanan’s reply. Also published on the same page was an address of some Southern Congressmen to their constituents.
The address was signed by representatives from nine separate southern States, including Lucius J. Gartrell, James Jackson, John J. Jones, M.J. Crawford, and Alfred Iverson of Georgia.
But not all were so adamant about secession yet; on this same day the Columbus Enquirer printed letters and reports debating the matter of immediate secession or trying to resolve the sectional differences through existing means within the Union. Always there, however, was the argument that the South had legitimate grievances which must be addressed. In addition, the Southern Recorder of Milledgeville printed an editorial urging co-operation, but among the Southern states - to demand their rights in the Union. They also wanted “cool, second sober thought, tempered by wisdom, moderation, true statesmanship and common sense.”