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

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April 20, 1824

Alfred Colquitt

Alfred Colquitt had an imposing resume: Ivy League graduate, Mexican War veteran, Confederate general, congressman, governor and senator.

Born in W...
January 15, 1821

Lafayette McLaws

He was the second-highest ranking Georgian in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and fought in every major battle, but was court-martialed for neglect of duty. ...
May 03, 1816

Montgomery Meigs

He was a Georgia native responsible for turning Robert E. Lee’s plantation into a national cemetery.

Montgomery Meigs was born in Augusta in 1816 a...
April 02, 1814

Henry L. Benning

A U.S. Army fort in Columbus is named for a man who waged war against the U.S. Army.

Henry Benning, born in Columbia County, was one of Georgia’s ...
February 10, 1787

William Few

He was the other signer from Georgia of the U.S. Constitution.

William Few was born in 1748 in Maryland and moved to Richmond County near Aug...
June 30, 1785

James Oglethorpe Died

The colony he founded is now the largest of the United States east of the Mississippi.

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in 1696 in London and was ed...
January 06, 1785

Samuel Elbert

Samuel Elbert had every reason to support the British during the American Revolution. A successful and conservative Savannah businessman, he might favor securi...
June 05, 1781

American Patriots Capture Augusta

Georgians might have been speaking with a different accent had it not been for a key Patriot victory in Augusta during the American Revolution.

In ...
September 16, 1779

Siege of Savannah

On September 16, 1779, the Siege of Savannah began during the American Revolution.

Captured in December 1778, Geor...

February 14, 1779

Battle of Kettle Creek

Georgians weren’t feeling the love, even if it was Valentine’s Day.

The Battle of Kettle Creek was fought during the American Revolution on this ...

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