In Their Own Words
January 23, 1861
Athens Newspapers Reacted to Secession News
The Southern Banner of Athens reported on the passage of the Ordinance of Secession with approval.
The Southern Watchman had been advocating delaying secession until all possible remedies within the Union had been exhausted - and still believed that was the best policy. But since the “die is cast” they now called for all Georgians to unite.