150 years ago, Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union. Three months later, the nation entered a 4-year Civil War that left 600-thousand men dead and millions wounded. A new book illustrates Georgia sites that commemorate the war. Rickey Bevington speaks with Barry L. Brown, co-author of “Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia.”
A new historical marker unveiled Wednesday marks the event that led Georgia into the Civil War. The sign in Milledgeville will tell the story of Georgia’s decision to secede from the Union. Georgia lawmakers debated secession over three days inside the then-state capital building. Finally, on January 19th, 1861 a majority voted to leave the United States.
January 1861 was a momentous time for the republic. The nation moved closer to Civil War. In Georgia, the state militia took over Ft. Pulaski in a bloodless handover that preceeded Ft. Sumter by four months.
The Georgia Historical Society Monday installed a new Civil War marker in the southwest Georgia town of Quitman. The plaque commemorates a failed slave revolt in the town near the Florida border. Three slaves and their white ringleader named John Vickery were hanged in Brooks County in August 1864. Authorities had discovered their plot to murder the town’s landowners and flee to Florida, with its promise of food depots and occupying Federal troops.
A marker now commemorates the only site in Georgia where African-American soldiers fought during the Civil War. On October 13, 1864, 800 black Federal troops were poised to defend Fort Hill in Dalton from 40,000 advancing Confederates. Heavily outnumbered, they surrendered with tragic results. Southern troops executed many of them, and re-enslaved others.
At the site of a confederate prison camp in Jenkins County archeologists continue to uncover what could be hundreds of priceless civil war artifacts. The find could give a much needed boost to the county’s flat lined economy.