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Jenkins County, Georgia
July 29, 1864 Construction begins on Camp Lawton north of Millen, Georgia (Jenkins County) to alleviate the overcrowded conditions at Camp Sumter in Andersville, Georgia.
  Jenkins County, Georgia
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
August 17, 1905 Jenkins County created
  Charles Jones Jenkins
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Jenkins County, Georgia
January 5, 1910 The Jenkins County Courthouse, which had been completed less than two years before, burns. A new courthouse, almost identical to the first, is rebuilt over the next two years.
  Jenkins County, Georgia
March 27, 1996 Gays Hill Baptist Church, Millen, burns
  Jenkins County, Georgia

Name derivation:Named in honor of Charles Jones Jenkins, popular Georgia governor who resisted the Radical Republicans in Congress, finally forced to flee the state when he refused to pay for a state constitutional convention. Military governor George Meade ordered him removed from office.
Acquisition: Part of the original Creek cession of 1733
Taken from: Bulloch County, Burke County, Emanuel County, and Screven County
Counties created from: None
Cities: Millen (county seat)

Web sites:
National Register of Historic Places in Jenkins County, Georgia
Jenkins County, Georgia, links

History and Description
Jenkins County is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Georgia, with artifact sites dating back to the Archaic Indians.

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