GHS Historic Marker Errors in Milledgeville, Georgia
 
From: kiltedkelly@inbox.com
 
Thanks goes out to Rick Joslyn who authored the text below. This is in response to the known errors on the recent marker erected by the Georgia Historical on the Old State Capitol Grounds in Milledgeville, Ga. Please forward to your friends
 
Historical Marker
GEORGIA’S SECESSION CONVENTION
Milledgeville, GA
 
Textural errors.
 
Initially a slim majority of delegates were opposed to it.
 
In electing the delegates to the Secession Convention, there were 50,243 members of the electorate who voted for the immediate action candidates (pro Secession) and 37,123 who voted against such delegates, leaving a majority of 13,120 votes favoring disunion.  Acts of the General Assembly of Georgia, 1860. Page 26, 27.
 
Secession Convention, 18 Jan 1861. First test vote.  Resolution offered by Judge Nisbet: 1) declaring that Georgia had a right to secede and should secede, and 2) authorizing the appointment of a committee to report an ordinance to that effect.  Passed 166 to 130.   Journal of the Georgia Convention, pg. 20.
 
19 Jan 1861.  Benjamin Hill moved that the convention adopt the motion from the preceding day by Johnson, which recited Georgia’s attachment to the Union, the peril that threatened the South from a hostile majority, and stated that while Georgia could not abide permanently in the Union without ample constitutional guarantee, she was not disposed to withdraw hastily.  The vote was 164 nays to 133 yeas, showing by inference a majority of 31 in favor of the ordinance for immediate secession.  Journal of the Georgia Convention, pg. 32.
 
That same day, the vote on the passage of the ordinance was taken, and the ordinance was adopted by a vote of 208 to 89. 
 
Secession was never put to a popular vote.
 
When were issues ever put to a popular vote in nineteenth-century America?  The Constitution was not, or any of the Bill of Rights or later amendments (or in the present, ie, Health Care Bill).  We live in a republic!
 
After the ordinance had been adopted, William Martin, delegate from LUMPKIN, offered a resolution to submit the ordnance to the people for ratification, the question on the ballot to read “secession or no secession,” but this resolution was crushed by an avalanche of votes.  Journal of the Georgia Convention, pg. 46.