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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 18, 1927

George Heery

As was said of the great architect Christopher Wren, if you wish to know his legacy, look around you.

George Heery was born in Athens in 1927. After...
February 08, 1917

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Established

Two things stood between U.S. General William Sherman and Atlanta in the spring of 1864: Kennesaw Mountain and Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s Army of T...
August 27, 1893

Georgia Hurricane of 1893

A hurricane with the same destructive force as Katrina hit the Georgia coast on this day in 1893. Known as the “Sea Island Storm,” it killed nearly 2,000 p...
May 10, 1884

Georgia Marble Company Founded

Peaches, peanuts, poultry: Georgia has a lot of all of them. But Pickens County has the most crystalline marble of any place in the world. One of the most highl...
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 ...
September 26, 1865

Archibald Butt

Three Georgians died on the Titanic. One of them was Archibald Butt.  He was born in Augusta on this day in 1865.

Archie Butt became a jo...

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...
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. <...
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...

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