This Day in Georgia Civil War History
December 12, 1860
Athens Newspaper Praised President Buchanan
There were differing trains of thought in the Athens newspapers regarding secession - the Southern Banner was all for it, while the Southern Watchman advised a more patient approach, while insisting the South did have grievances that needed to be addressed immediately. On this day the Southern Watchman printed an editorial commending the recent State of the Union address by President James Buchanan, who also advocated patience and co-operation to address the grievances.