Tag Archives: Savannah Georgia

sitting it out

150 years ago Georgia conducted a five day election to determine if a state constitutional convention should be held, and, if so, who would be sent as delegates. Evidently many white conservatives didn’t vote. Here’s an early report from Savannah, … Continue reading

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safety first

According to the October 1, 1867 issue of The New-York Times a riot broke out 150 years ago today at a rally in Savannah, Georgia. The speaker apparently urged confiscation of white-owned land for ex-slaves. After things calmed down the … Continue reading

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it’s the rebel armies, stupid

A Democrat publication looked at the undoubted brilliance of General Sherman’s campaign through Georgia – and found the Lincoln administration wanting. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1864: The Capture of Savannah. The War Department received dispatches … Continue reading

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Hardee not Lincoln

When a Richmond paper heard the news about the fall of Savannah, it spun it positive – unlike American forces in Charleston during the Revolutionary War, General Hardee’s army escaped. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 29, 1864: Thursday morning…December … Continue reading

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reconstruction bill

Four years to the day after South Carolina officially seceded from the United States, Richmond citizens could read about a bill in the Yankee Congress to manage the return of the rebel states: slavery would be forever abolished; provisional governors … Continue reading

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“callous ears”

So far I have not seen any evidence of a deputation from the Savannah prisoners to President Lincoln; a Democrat paper made political use of the undoubted suffering of prisoners of war. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in … Continue reading

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Slaves’ “cat-like clinging” to Their Quarters

Since the Battle of Port Royal Union forces have been sort of making themselves at home along the South Carolina coast. The following article mentions some “reconnoissances”, one of which went as far south as Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia. … Continue reading

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Savannah’s “Rattlesnake Club”

From The New-York Times January 16, 1861: AFFAIRS IN SAVANNAH.; TESTIMONY OF A N0RTHERN MECHANIC CONCERNING THINGS IN SAVANNAH. … Our informant — who had engaged in a mechanical business — was warned out of the city by one of … Continue reading

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