Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society, Inc.
Old Capital Square at Jefferson and Greene
P.O. Box 1177
Milledgeville, Georgia 31059-1177
Telephone (478) 453 - 1803 Fax: (478) 453 - 4813


January 3, 2010                                                                                 
For more information contact:
Amy Wright - Executive Director, GOCMS
(478) 453-1803

"Secession or Surrender:  Georgia's Secession Convention of 1861, A Reenactment"

EVENT:     A dramatic reenactment of speeches and events from Georgia Secession Convention of 1861.

WHAT:    It was a cold January 16, 1861 when 297 newly-elected delegates to the Georgia Secession Convention gathered in the Legislative Chambers on the top floor of the Capitol in Milledgeville, Georgia, to determine the State's response to Abraham Lincoln's November  6, 1860 election as President of the United States.   Over the course of four days both Secessionists and Cooperationists delivered fiery arguments until on January 19th a final vote of 208-89 determined the convention's response and the fateful course of Georgia history.  A plaque on the wall outside the Legislative Chambers where the Secession Convention met commemorates the event and reads, "These grounds witnessed the greatest and most brilliant convocation ever held in the Commonwealth of Georgia.  The Secession Convention January 16-19, 1861."

On January 18 & 21, 2011, one hundred fifty years after this historic event, the Legislative Chamber will again ring with the words of the irascible Herschel Johnson, the ardent secessionists Thomas Cobb and Senator Robert Toombs, and the ambitious Cooperationist Alexander Stephens, in a reenactment of that historic 1861convention.  Witness events in the room where Georgia history was made.  Performances are at 7 PM with a reception and book signings in Georgia's Old Capital Museum on the ground floor following.  Tickets are available from Georgia's Old Capital Museum.

WHO:   This event is sponsored by Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society and is made possible through a generous grant by the Georgia Civil War Commission and through the support of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention & Visitors' Bureau.  Special thanks to Georgia Military College for the use of the restored Legislative Chamber in the Old Statehouse for these presentations.

WHERE:   The Legislative Chamber in the Old Statehouse on the Georgia Military College campus at 210 East Greene Street in Milledgeville, Georgia.

WHEN:     Tuesday, January 18, 2011 and Friday, January 21, 2011 at 7 PM. $5 admission, museum members free.  Call 478-453-1803 or email to reserve a ticket.  Visit the museum website at

WHY:    Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society continues to serve the community with educational programs and events that promote its mission to identify, preserve, and communicate the historic and cultural heritage of Milledgeville and the Oconee River basin.