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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 18, 1860

Support for Secession Far from Unanimous

This day’s issue of the Columbus Enquirer clearly showed that Georgia seceding from the Union was far from a foregone conclusion. The front page carried stories of meetings in Walton, Pike, Wilkes, Polk, Chattooga, Cobb, and Hancock Counties. The meetings were to select delegates to the secession convention, and to give them instructions - and the results of the meetings showed that the feeling (at least in those counties) was roughly 50-50 in favor of immediate secession and resistance within the Union.

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