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This Day in Georgia History

August 08, 1775

Request for Militia to Choose Own Officers

The Georgia Whigs’ Council of Safety wrote a letter to royal governor James Wright asking that members of Georgia militia companies be allowed to elect their own officers. The reason - “many of the commissioned officers in the militia are disagreeable to the people over whom they command.” Wright would turn the request down, fearing that Whigs were attempting to take over Georgia’s militia.