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This Day in Georgia History

December 06, 1861

Cass County Changed to Bartow County

Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed an act changing the name of Cass County to Bartow County in honor of Col. Francis Bartow, who was killed in the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) in Virginia on July 21, 1861. In explaining the reason for changing the name of Cass County, the legislation noted that Gen. Lewis Cass [U.S. Secretary of War 1831-36] had “recently shown himself inimical to the South by voluntary donations of his private property to sustain a wicked war upon her people, and by utterance of sentiments such as the South must be subjugated, the Union must be preserved; and has therefore become unworthy of the honor conferred by the naming of said county.” The 1861 act also directed that the town of Cassville be renamed Manassas, but this part of the legislation was never implemented.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson