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In Their Own Words

February 16, 1861

Atlanta Argument for Confederacy Capital

Following secession, Atlanta briefly sought to become the capital of the new Confederacy. In support of that effort, the city’s Gate City Guardian published the following reasons why Atlanta should be selected:

“This city has good railroad connections, is free from yellow fever, can supply the most wholesome foods, and as for ‘goobers,’ an indispensable article for a Southern Legislator, we have them all the time.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 497.