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April 23, 1860 At the Democratic National convention a long-feared split occurs. Southerners leave and northerners choose Stephen A. Douglas as their presidential nominee. To help offset the Southern defection, Douglas choses anti-secessionist Herschel Johnson as his vice-presidential nominee.
  Herschel V. Johnson
May 15, 1860 Ellen Louise Axson, who becomes First Lady when husband Woodrow Wilson becomes President, is born, Rome, Georgia
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  Woodrow Wilson
July 15, 1860 [circa] Sidney Lanier graduates from Oglethorpe College
  Sidney Lanier
September 18, 1860 William Gordon Brantley is born near Blackshear, Pierce County.
  Pierce County, Georgia
  Brantley County, Georgia
October 5, 1860 Governor William Henry Gist notified the other southern states that South Carolina was strongly considering secession
October 30, 1860 Stephen Douglas, one of four presidential candidates, speaks in Atlanta against secession
October 31, 1860 Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon (Low), founder of the Girl Scouts, born, Savannah, Georgia
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts
November 8, 1860 Flag of Independence raised in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Civil War - 1860
November 8, 1860 Macon passes a "declaration of independence" setting out grievances with the North
  City of Macon, Georgia
November 14, 1860 Alexander Stephens urges preservation of the Union in Milledgeville
  Civil War - 1860
  Alexander Stephens
November 15, 1860 Major Robert Anderson is ordered to assume command of Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor
November 16, 1860 Georgia legislature votes to arm military
  Civil War - 1860
November 18, 1860 Georgia's legislature votes 1 million dollars to arm state.
December 7, 1860 City council allocates first Jewish lots at City Cemetery (now Oakland Cemetery).
  Jewish Section, Oakland Cemetery.
  Oakland Cemetery
December 8, 1860 Howell Cobb resigns as Secretary of the Treasury
  Civil War - 1860
  Howell Cobb
December 8, 1860 Howell Cobb resigns as Secretary of the Treasury
December 14, 1860 The state of Georgia calls for a convention to discuss a Southern Confederacy. Only South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama are invited.
December 18, 1860 Lincoln writes Alexander Stephens to assure him that he (Lincoln) will not interfere with slavery in the South, directly or indirectly.
  Civil War - 1860
  Alexander Stephens
  Slavery in Georgia
December 19, 1860 City of Colquitt chartered
  City of Colquitt
December 27, 1860 The day after Major Anderson transferred his troops from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter the state of Georgia offers assistance to South Carolina.
  Civil War - 1860
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