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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 20, 1865

Proposal for Tax Relief for Those Affected by War

The following items were introduced in the special called meeting of the Georgia General Assembly in Macon.

Mr. Nisbet of the 28th district, under a suspension of the rules, introduced a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act, approved December 18, 1864, for the relief of tax payers on property lost, destroyed, or rendered valueless by the public enemy, &c., which was read the first time. Source: Journal of the Senate of the Extra Session of the General Assembly, of the State of Georgia, Convened by Proclamation of the Governor, at Macon, February 15th, 1865: Electronic Edition.

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Mr. Pottle of the 19th district, offered the following resolutions: WHEREAS, His Excellency the Governor, has, in his late message to the General Assembly, recommended a call of a Convention of the people of the State of Georgia for certain purposes therein mentioned: And whereas, the General Assembly, in view of the consequences which might grow out of such a call, to-wit; the distraction of the public mind from the great business of prosecuting the war with vigor, does not concur with His Excellency in said recommendation. Therefore be it Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, That we see no good reason for the assembling of a State Convention, and as the same might be productive of harm and damage to the great cause which should unite our people, this General Assembly respectfully decline to recommend the assembling of said Convention. 2d. Resolved. That this General Assembly are confirmed in the foregoing opinion, by reason of the late action of President Lincoln, in demanding terms, which the people of this State unanimously condemn. On motion of Mr. Pottle, the same were taken up. Mr. Walker moved to refer the resolutions to the Committee on Confederate Relations, which was lost. Upon the adoption of the same, Mr. West called for the yeas and nays–which call was sustained, and the resolutions were adopted. The vote being yeas 22, nays 11. Source: Journal of the Senate of the Extra Session of the General Assembly, of the State of Georgia, Convened by Proclamation of the Governor, at Macon, February 15th, 1865: Electronic Edition.