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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 25, 1861

Benning Resolution in Support of Slavery

At Georgia’s secession convention, Henry Lewis Benning put forth a resolution for the Georgia delegation to the meeting of Southern states in Alabama on February 4 to propose:

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Convention no State ought to be admitted into the new confederacy to be formed at Montgomery, unless such State shall tolerate the existence of slavery as one of its own domestic institutions, and shall permit an inter-state traffic in slaves with its citizens, and that should any State at any time abolish the institution within its limits, such State shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the said Confederacy.”

Read the full journal of Georgia’s secession convention here.