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January 1, 1861 Georgia votes against holding a secession convention, but the results are manipulated by Governor Joseph Brown to indicate that the state strongly supported the convention.
  Civil War - 1861
  Joseph Emerson Brown
  Herschel V. Johnson
January 7, 1861 Robert Toombs delivers a farewell to the U. S. Senate, almost two weeks before Georgia votes to secede.
  Robert Toombs
January 9, 1861 Mississippi secedes from the Union
January 10, 1861 Florida secedes from the Union
January 11, 1861 Alabama secedes from the Union
January 19, 1861 Georgia votes to secede from the Union at a convention held in Milledgeville, Georgia.
  Civil War - 1861
  Robert Toombs
  Milledgeville
  Slavery in Georgia
January 25, 1861 The federal arsenal in Augusta is taken by the Georgia Militia
  Civil War - 1861
  City of Augusta, Georgia
February 4, 1861 Georgia joins Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina, becoming a member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America. Georgian Howell Cobb is named president of the assembly.
  Civil War - 1861
  Robert Toombs
  Howell Cobb
February 9, 1861 Jefferson Davis elected provisional president of the Confederate States
  Jefferson Davis
February 10, 1861 Alexander "Little Alec" Stephens named Vice-President of the Confederate States of America
  Alexander Stephens
February 11, 1861 Alexander Stephens inaugurated Vice-President of the C.S.A.
  Alexander Stephens
February 21, 1861 After being cut off from the U. S. Postal Service the Confederate States of America organized their own post office with John H. Reagan as Postmaster General
February 21, 1861 Robert Toombs selected Secretary of State, Confederate States of America
  Robert Toombs
February 24, 1861 The Montgomery Convention completes the Constitution of the Confederate States of America
  Howell Cobb
April 12, 1861 Start of the American Civil War
  Thomas Sumter
  American Civil War
April 20, 1861 Charles Hillyer (C.H.) Brand, founder of Brand Banking and U. S. Representative born in Loganville
June 17, 1861 James Longstreet joins the Confederate Army at the rank of Brigadier General
  James Longstreet
July 2, 1861 Farish Carter dies, Milledgeville
  Milledgeville
July 18, 1861 First Manassas (Bull Run)
  James Longstreet
July 19, 1861 Robert Toombs resigns his post as Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America
  Robert Toombs
July 21, 1861 Robert Toombs promoted to Brigadier General
  Robert Toombs
July 21, 1861 First Manasas (Battle of Bull Run)
  Civil War - 1861
  John Brown Gordon
July 21, 1861 Francis Bartow dies from a gunshot wound received during the battle of First Manasas
  Lafayette McLaws
October 7, 1861 James Longstreet promoted to major general
  James Longstreet
October 29, 1861 Combined land-sea fleet leaves Hampton Roads, Virginia
November 5, 1861 General Robert E. Lee placed in charge of Georgia coastal defenses
  Civil War - 1861
November 6, 1861 Jefferson Davis elected president of the CSA
November 7, 1861 Battle of Port Royal Sound
  Civil War - 1861
November 24, 1861 Union forces take Tybee Island
  Civil War - 1861
December 5, 1861 Major General William Hardee assumed command of the Central Confederate Army in Kentucky
December 8, 1861 Cass County is renamed to Bartow County
  Lewis Cass
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Bartow County, Georgia
  Bartow County, Georgia
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