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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 08, 1861

Ships Bound for New York Seized in Savannah

Under orders from Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, military authorities in Savannah seized five ships loaded with goods bound for New York. The seizure came in response to New York police seizing 200 guns purchased by a Macon firm for shipment to Georgia. Governor Brown had contacted the governor of New York to have the guns released, but Governor Edwin Morgan failed to respond. So finally Governor Brown ordered that Georgia military forces seize every ship at the port of Savannah belonging to citizens of New York.