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In Their Own Words

January 22, 1861

Statement of Protest to Ordinance of Secession

The six delegates to Georgia’s secession convention who had not signed the Ordinance of Secession presented a statement of protest on this day, but maintained their loyalty to their state:

“We, the undersigned, Delegates to the Convention of the State of Georgia, now in Session, whilst we most solemnly Protest against the action of the majority in adopting an Ordinance for the immediate and separate Secession of this State, and would have preferred the policy of co-operation with our southern sister States, – yet, as good citizens, we yield to the will of a majority of her people, as expressed by their Representatives; and we hereby pledge ‘our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor’ to the defence of Georgia, if necessary, against hostile invasion from any source whatever.”