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

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June 11, 1863

Burning of Darien

The burning of Darien, Georgia, depicted in the Civil War movie, Glory, was one of the most controversial acts of the War.

Situated on the A...
January 01, 1863

Emancipation Proclamation

Few presidential acts have had more impact upon the arc of history than the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1863. ...
December 13, 1862

Battle of Fredericksburg

The defeat of Robert E. Lee at Antietam in September 1862 was a huge blow to Confederate morale. Confederates badly needed a boost and they got it at Frederic...
January 07, 1861

Robert Toombs

He stood for saving the Union and he later zealously argued for secession, Robert Toombs was one of the most influential Georgians of the 19th century.
January 03, 1861

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski was built by the U.S. Army to protect Savannah from attack, but no one ever dreamed that it would be attacked by the U.S. Army.

The for...
March 21, 1856

Henry O. Flipper

A man born a slave in Georgia was the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Henry Ossian Flipper was born ...
May 13, 1846

Mexican War Begins

The Mexican War in 1848 triggered new and thorny issues in a country already beset with divisions between North and South.

The war added 500,000 squ...
September 10, 1836

Joseph Wheeler

He would serve under the Stars and Stripes and the Stars and Bars in major wars.

Born in Augusta, Joseph Wheeler graduated near the bottom of his ...
April 21, 1836

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

A Louisville, Georgia native would become president of the Republic of Texas.

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was born in 1798 and led a colorful life, to...
March 27, 1836

James Fannin

Fannin County in north Georgia is named for Georgian James Fannin, who fought in the Texas independence movement.

Having attended West Point, Fannin...

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