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Monday program to look at Georgia's decision to secede
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Georgia's Ordinance of Secession ratified in 1861 is shown. - photo by Special

        As Georgia observes the 150th anniversary of the state seceding from the Union in 1861, the Bulloch County Historical Society will hear about the root causes that divided the nation, the steps to Georgia’s secession and something about those who participated in the debate.
       Sterling “Skip” Skinner, a former resident of Statesboro, will present the program, “Georgia Secedes! Looking Back 150 Years.” The retired electrical engineer lives in Ailey with his wife and Statesboro native, the former Lynn Collins.
      Monday’s meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at R.J.’s Steakery on South Main St. Lunch is Dutch treat. Members and prospective members are welcome to attend. Descendents of Samuel Harville and Samuel L. Moore are particularly encouraged to attend.
       Skinner will examine the perspectives of both Georgia Unionists and Secessionists at the convention which met on Jan. 16, 1861 at the state capitol in Milledgeville. The debate was heated over a four-day period, with the convention finally voting to leave the union at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19 by a vote of 208–89.
       “This is the first in a series of programs that will observe the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States,” said Joe McGlamery, vice president and program chair for the historical society.
      “This is not a celebration – how can one celebrate an event that would lead to a civil war in which 600,000 would die and the Southern states would suffer immeasurable loss and destruction? However, it is appropriate to commemorate important historical events and Georgia’s secession from the Union was arguably the most important occurrence in Georgia since Georgia ratified the U. S. Constitution in January 1788,” McGlamery said.
        Bulloch County, like the rest of Georgia had gone to the polls on a rainy, miserable Jan. 2, 1861 and elected two delegates – Samuel Harville and Samuel L. Moore. Both voted in favor of the Secession Ordinance.
       The Bulloch County Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of each month January through October.

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