The session for 1875 is opening under great excitement.
Unlike her neighbours, Florida
and South Carolina
has recovered her independence.
She has now a native Governor in James M. Smith
The Legislature and the Government
are Conservative; and being Conservative, are bitterly opposed to President Grant
Though suffering less than the Virginians and South Carolinians by the war, the Georgians are more exasperated than their neighbours in either of their sister States ; the burning of Atlanta
, the destruction of property at Milledgeville
, and the injuries done to rails and roads, canals and bridges everywhere, appearing in their eyes as acts of savage vengeance rather than of lawful war. Such deeds are not forgotten in a day, and till they are forgotten they are never likely to be forgiven.
Ten years ago the greatest civil warfare ever waged by man against his brother was burning in these Southern cities.
Armies to be counted by hundreds of thousands trampled on these vineyards and tobacco-fields.
Fierce sieges were being carried on, murderous battles were being fought, in every Southern State.
Dense woods were fired,