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

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March 31, 1911

Alfred Iverson, Jr.

He captured the highest-ranking Union officer taken prisoner during the Civil War.

Alfred Iverson, Jr., was born in 1829 in Clinton, Georgia, in Jon...
May 30, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe

He was called the “World’s Fastest Human,” and he excelled on and off the track.

Ralph Metcalfe was born in Atlanta in 1910 and became one of ...
April 25, 1898

Spanish-American War in Georgia

"Remember the Maine" - three simple words that helped propel the United States into a major conflict with Spain. And Georgians played an important role in it. ...
April 23, 1897

Lucius Clay

He was the architect of one of the most remarkable logistical feats in history -- and one of the most humane.

Lucius Clay was born in Marietta in 189...
July 13, 1890

John C. Fremont

Abraham Lincoln was not the first Republican presidential candidate. It was Georgia native John Frémont who ran four years before Lincoln.

Born in S...
November 09, 1886

John B. Gordon

War can make or break a man. The Civil War made John Brown Gordon.

Born in Upson County in 1832, he was managing his father’s coalmines in north...
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 ...
August 01, 1866

John Ross

He was known as the Cherokee Moses, the man who fought against the removal of Cherokee Indians from north Georgia.

Though Chief John Ross was only o...
May 29, 1866

General Winfield Scott

When the Cherokees were removed from Georgia along the infamous Trail Of Tears, the man in charge was General Winfield Scott. The man known as old “Fuss and ...
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 ...

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