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Secession Convention in Atlanta, 1861

From The New York Times
January 19, 1861

Georgia Declares for Secession

The convention was in secret session all day.

At 4 p.m. it adopted resolutions, first, declaring the right and duty of Georgia to secede, and second, approving a committee of seventeen to report an ordinance of secession, by a vote of Yeas 195; Nays 130.

H. V. Johnson introduced resolutions as a substitute for those adopted looking to cooperation, inviting the Convention of the South at Atlanta, in February.

Mr. Johnson's resolution was lost.

Mr. Stephens, during the debate, said if Georgia determines to secede, the sooner, the better.

Cannon are firing, the flag of Independence is waving from the Capitol, sky-rockets are flying, and there is music and other demonstrations

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