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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 20, 1861

Secession Convention Transferred Military Operation to Confederate Government

At Georgia’s secession convention, ordinances were adopted transferring all military operations, arsenals, forts, and naval yards to the Confederate States of America:

The people of Georgia in Convention assembled do ordain, SECTION 1st. That the control of all military operations in this State, having reference to or connection with questions between this State, or any of the Confederate States of America, and powers foreign to them, is hereby transferred to the Government of the Confederate States of America. SEC. 2d. That the State of Georgia hereby transfers to the Government of the Confederate States of America, the arms and munitions of war, acquired from the United States, with the Forts and Arsenals, and which are now in the said Forts and Arsenals. SEC. 3d. That the Governor of this State is hereby authorized to transfer to the Government of the Confederate States, such arms, munitions of war, vessels or steamers belonging to the States, as in his judgment may be expedient, and upon such terms as may be agreed on with the said Government of the Confederate States. SEC. 4th. The transfer herein provided for, shall be conducted on the part of this State by the Governor thereof, the Government of the Confederate States undertaking to account for all such arms and munitions of war, as are hereby transferred.

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