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This Day in Georgia History

January 07, 1861

Robert Toombs Farewell Speech

Georgia Senator Robert Toombs gave his farewell speech to the U.S. Senate. In it, he warned that if northern states refused to grant southern states their constitutional rights, “We shall then ask you ‘Let us depart in peace.’ Refuse that, and you present us war. We accept it; and inscribing upon our banners the glorious words, ‘Liberty and Equality,’ we will trust in the blood of the brave and the God of Battles for security and tranquility.”

To view letters of Robert Toombs, see the Digital Library of Georgia.