This Day in Georgia Civil War History
January 16, 1861
Secession Convention Opened
Georgia’s secession convention convened and opened in Milledgeville, then the state capital.
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.