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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 28, 1865

General Assemby Adopted Resolutions on Conscription

The Georgia General Assembly passed the following resolutions.

WHEREAS, in the present crisis, more able bodied men are required in the field to arrest the progress of the foe who assails us, and whereas, it is necessary to arouse the indomitable spririt of our people by a return to the true spirit of the constitution; and whereas, the Conscript Law has accomplished all the good that can be expected therefrom, and in the judgment of the General Assembly of Georgia has for some time past tended to oppress and distract our people, therefore be it, 1st Resolved, That in the opinion of the General Assembly of Georgia, the further enforcement of the Conscript Law should be abandoned. 2nd, That the Government should resort to requisition on the States for such troops as may be needed for the further prosecution of the war. 3rd, That the adoption of the above course will add largely to our effective force in the field; will revive the spirit of ‘61 and ‘62 amongst our people and by so doing will enable us to conquer an early and honorable peace. 4th, That the Governor is hereby requested to furnish the President, members of Congress, and the Governors of the States constituting the Confederacy, a copy of these resolutions. 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.

Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown and Confederate President Jefferson Davis had been at odds over this issue for years.