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This Day in Georgia History

January 19, 1861

Georgia Officially Seceded

Georgia became the fifth state to secede when delegates attending a secession convention in Milledgeville voted 208-89 to withdraw from the Union by adopting the following Ordinance of Secession:

“We, the people of the State of Georgia, in Convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained: “That the ordinance adopted by the people of the State of Georgia in Convention on the second day of January in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eight-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was assented to, ratified and adopted; and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying and adopting amendments of the said Constitution are hereby repealed, rescinded and abrogated. “We do further declare and ordain, That the Union now subsisting between the State of Georgia and other States, under the name of the “United States of America,” is hereby dissolved, and that the State of Georgia is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State.”

Click here to view University of Georgia Library copy of Georgia’s 1861 Ordinance of Secession printed on silk.