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

nineteenth century

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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...
February 25, 1864

First POWs at Andersonville Prison

One of the most notorious sites in American history, Andersonville Prison in southwest Georgia, accepted the first U.S. prisoners of war on this day in 1864. <...
September 21, 1863

Clark Howell

The man who helped Henry Grady promote Atlanta as the heart of the “New South” was born in South Carolina. 

Georgia newspaper editor C...

September 20, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga

Only Gettysburg was bloodier than the Battle of Chickamauga that ended in northwest Georgia on this day in 1863. 

Three months earlier, the Union ...

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...
February 22, 1862

Alexander Stephens

A vice presidency can be thankless at best. But when you don’t want the job, and you don’t get along with your president, it’s even worse.

Ge...
January 19, 1861

Georgia Secedes From Union

Georgia’s decision in 1861 to leave the United States had far-reaching and unintended consequences for all Georgians...and indeed all Southerners.

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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.

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