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This Day in Georgia History

November 02, 1864

Sidney Lanier Captured

Off the coast of North Carolina, a Confederate blockade runner (Lucy) was captured by the U.S. Navy. Her crew was sent to a prison in Point Lookout, MD, where they would spend four months. What does this have to do with Georgia? The young (22 years) signal officer on board the Lucy had been born in Macon, Georgia and educated at Oglethorpe University, then near Milledgeville. While confined in prison, he would contract tuberculosis, which would hamper him for the rest of his life, and eventually cut that life short. But it was a productive life - this young signal officer went on to become one of Georgia’s most noted writers and poets - Sidney Lanier.