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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 06, 1861

Cass County Changed to Bartow County

Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown signed an act changing the name of Cass County to Bartow County in honor of Francis Bartow, who had been killed in the First Battle of Manassas on July 21. To explain the reason for the change, the legislation noted that Lewis Cass, U.S. Secretary of War 1831-36, had “recently shown himself inimical to the South by voluntary donations of his private property to sustain a wicked war upon her people, and by utterance of sentiments such as the South must be subjugated, the Union must be preserved; and has therefore become unworthy of the honor conferred by the naming of said county.” In other words, Cass was not in favor of secession.