Georgia's Secession Convention

Georgia's Secession Convention (HMSKT)

Location: Milledgeville, GA 31061 Baldwin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 4.805', W 83° 13.511'

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On January 16, 1861, the Georgia Secession Convention met here to consider seceding from the United States. Secession began in response to Abraham Lincoln's election as president the previous November and the belief that his Republican party was "anti-slavery in its mission and its purpose," according to Georgia's secession ordinance. Secession was not a foregone conclusion; initially a slim majority of delegates were opposed to it. After three days of strident rhetoric on both sides of the question, the final vote on January 19 was decidedly pro-secession, 208-89. Delegate Alexander Stephens warned that secession meant war and "who but this Convention will be held responsible for it?" Secession was never put to a popular vote.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number5-4
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 3:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 292299 N 3662367
Decimal Degrees33.08008333, -83.22518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 4.805', W 83° 13.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 4' 48.30" N, 83° 13' 30.66" W
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Area Code(s)478, 706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 E Greene St, Milledgeville GA 31061, US
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