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This Day in Georgia History

January 05, 1868

George Meade Reconstruction

Maj. Gen. George Meade arrived in Atlanta to assume the duties of commander of the Third Military District with responsibilities for the Reconstruction of Georgia. Soon after his arrival, a number of prominent Georgia citizens, including Gen. John B. Gordon, welcomed Meade with a banquet. However, in less than two weeks, the warmth of Meade’s reception turned cold when on Jan. 13 he removed Georgia’s provisional governor and treasurer, followed a few days later by removal of the comptroller-general and secretary of state.

George Meade Reconstruction View large image
Source: Library of Congress/Matthew Brady