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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 20, 1864

Letter From Columbus Newspaper Expressed Governor’s Opinion

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted a letter from a Columbus newspaper which clearly expressed Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown’s thoughts on possible reconstruction within the Union.

Governor Brown on reconstruction. A correspondent writes the Columbus Enquirer from Lumpkin, Georgia, that it having been reported there that Governor Brown was in favor of reconstructing the old Government, provided we could get our rights, etc., in the Union, a gentleman of that place addressed him on the subject, and received the following in reply, which is explicit enough:
“Executive Department, “Milledgeville, Georgia. “September 19, 1864. “Sir: In reply to your letter of the 16th instant, addressed to His Excellency, and desiring to know under what conditions he would be in favor of a reconstruction of the old Federal Union, and go into fraternal embrace with the foul invaders of our homes and rights, the murderers of our brave men, and the abusers and insulters of our women, in a word, the base and fiendish uncivilized of the age, I am directed by the Governor to say that his position on this subject has been so often given to the country in an official form that he does not consider it his duty to spend time in further explanations. All who wish to understand it have the means of information at hand. “Very respectfully, “E. N. Broyles, Aide de-Camp.