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This Day in Georgia History

February 08, 1861

Ships Seized in Savannah

At the direction of Gov. Joseph E. Brown, military authorities in Savannah seized five ships loaded with goods to take to New York. The seizure came in response to New York police having seized 200 guns purchased by a Macon firm for shipment to Georgia on Jan. 22, 1861. Gov. Brown had contacted the governor of New York to have the guns released, but Gov. Morgan had failed to respond. Finally, on Feb. 8, Gov. Brown ordered that Georgia military forces seize every ship at the port of Savannah belonging to citizens of New York.