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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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May 01, 1886

Jefferson Davis

It was a comeback tour for the man who had been Confederate president.

Jefferson Davis lived quietly at his Mississippi home in the decades after ...
November 10, 1865

Henry Wirz

He is the only person in the United States ever to be executed for war crimes.

Hartmann Heinrich Wirz –“Henry”—was born in Switzerland in ...
June 23, 1865

Stand Watie

He was the highest-ranking Native American to fight for the Confederacy, but years before the Civil War, Stand Watie was nearly assassinated by fellow Cherokees...
April 16, 1865

Columbus Captured in the Civil War

Columbus was one of the South’s most important manufacturing centers before the Civil War. Georgia’s third largest city lay out of the U.S. Army’s path un...
December 22, 1864

Sherman in Savannah

"I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton." T...
November 15, 1864

March To The Sea

It was one of the most audacious military movements in history—and one of the most controversial.

U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman captured...
November 12, 1864

Destruction of Atlanta

With fires burning brightly, this day was still one of the darkest in Atlanta’s history.

Atlanta was the gateway through which most of the traff...
September 02, 1864

Sherman Captures Atlanta

"Atlanta is ours, and fairly won": the immortal words of General William T. Sherman when he captured Atlanta on this date in 1864. Sherman had taken the...
August 22, 1864

Slave Insurrection in Quitman

Georgians, like all Americans, were deeply divided by the Civil War. On August 22, 1864, four men were executed in Brooks County for conspiring to plot a slave ...
August 15, 1864

First Black Soldiers in Combat in Georgia

It was the first time that African-American soldiers fought in the Civil War in Georgia. On this day in 1864, the 14th United States Colored Troops, mostly for...

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