"What was the reason that induced Georgia to take the step of secession? This reason may be summed up in one single proposition. It was a conviction; a deep conviction on the part of Georgia, that a separation from the North was the only thing that could prevent the abolition of her slavery."
— Henry L. Benning (1814-1875) Speech before the Virginia Secession Convention, February 18, 1861
|Slaves of General Thomas F. Drayton (1862) Photograph by Henry P. Moore|