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This Day in Georgia History

January 16, 1861

Secession Convention Convened

Georgia’s secession convention convened and opened in Milledgeville, then the state capital.

See Secession article from the New Georgia Encyclopedia

As the Georgia secession convention began, the Southern Watchman of Athens hoped that they would still try to lay their grievances before the U.S. Congress, attempting to cooperate instead of seceding immediately. Their counterparts at the Southern Banner had no such qualms; they were confident Georgia would be the next state to secede, but far from the last.

Image of Secession Convention Convened Southern Watchman
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Image of Secession Convention Convened Southern Banner
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