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Joint Resolution of General Assembly Urging Pres. Johnson to Withdraw Federal Troops from Georgia

Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

January 22, 1866


Whereas, The people of Georgia, in Convention and by legislative action, have in good faith accepted the issue of the late war, and are bound by every principle of honor and motive of interest, to defend and uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and the Government thereof;

And whereas, such is well known to be our fixed and settled determination, we can therefore perceive no good reason for the longer continuance of military law or forces in our State, except such as may be requisite for a peace establishment, nor can we see the necessity for the seizure and occupancy of private property by the military authorities,

Be it therefore Resolved, by the General Assembly of Georgia, That His Excellency, the Governor, be requested to communicate to His Excellency, the President of the United States, our fixed and unalterable purpose to observe, obey and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, and the Government thereof, and to maintain by all the power of the State the supremacy of said laws, and to ask of him, if not a withdrawal of the troops of the United States from the State, a surrender of all private property belonging to individuals, and a restriction of the military to the occupation of barracks, forts and arsenals, or such other quarters as the Government may furnish upon contract and compensation; and further to restrict the military to the management and control of the troops, and the enforcement (if necessary) of the laws of the United States, as expounded by civil tribunals, appointed and established in conformity to law; and to this end, we earnestly invoke the restoration of the privilege of the writ of “Habeas Corpus.”

Ga. Laws 1866, pp. 316-317.