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July 27, 1816 American troops under the command of Georgian Lt. Colonel Duncan L. Clinch destroy "The Negro Fort" on the Appalachicola River. Clinch, who commanded a combined force of U. S. soldiers, Georgia militia and Creek Indians fired on the fort with "hot shot," striking the magazine and killing 270 of the runaway slaves who occupied the fort. This incident is frequently cited as precipitating the First Seminole War. In 1818 General Jackson ordered Lt. James Gadsden to build a fort on the site of the "Negro Fort". Today the site is a Florida State Park known by that name.
July 27, 1848 The U. S. Senate passes the Clayton Compromise, a solution to the issue of slavery in the territories. It essentially let the courts decide the issue. Among those voting for the bill, which passed 33-22 were John C. Calhoun, John Berrien, Lewis Cass, and Jefferson Davis.
  Lewis Cass
  Henry Clay
  Slavery in Georgia
  John MacPherson Berrien (John Berrien)
  John C. Calhoun
July 27, 1852 George Foster Peabody born, Columbus, Georgia
  George Foster Peabody
  Columbus, Georgia
July 27, 1872 George Walker Crawford dies, Richmond County (near Augusta)
July 27, 1917 Bacon County created
  Augustus Bacon
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Bacon County, Georgia
July 27, 1959 William Shea, a wealthy New York attorney, announces the formation of the Continental League, slated to begin play in 1961. Atlanta is one of the cities in which Shea wants to put a baseball team.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
July 27, 1962 Ten demonstrators in front of Albany's City Hall are arrested. After they are arrested a group of 17 demonstrators appear and they too are arrested.
July 27, 1996 Atlanta Centennial Park is ripped by an explosion in the early morning hours. Alice Hawthorne of Albany lies dead.
  Eric Rudolph and the Atlanta Area bombings
  Albany, Georgia
July 27, 2002 Savannah unveils a bronze statue on River Street (Rousakis Plaza) commemorating African-Americans who had been forced into slavery and brought to Georgia through the port.
  Slavery in Georgia
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