This convention of soldiers also favored the appropriation of $1,000,000 for military purposes recommended by the governor, and supported their action by the tender of their services.
The legislature also promptly responded to the governor's recommendations by creating the office of adjutant-general of the State
, to which position Henry C. Wayne
was appointed; authorizing the acceptance of 10,000 troops by the governor, and the purchase of 1,000 Maynard rifles and carbines for coast defense; appropriating the great sum recommended for military purposes, and providing for an election on the first Wednesday of January, 1861, of delegates to a convention which should determine the course of the State
in the emergency.
The call for this convention was prefaced by the words: ‘Whereas, The present crisis in our national affairs, in the judgment of the general assembly, demands resistance; and Whereas, It is the privilege and right of the sovereign people to determine upon the mode, measure and time of such resistance.’
Notwithstanding these warlike preparations, there was in many sections of the State
a strong sentiment against disunion.
The vote for presidential candidates in Georgia
is a fair criterion of the sentiment in the State
prior to the election of Mr. Lincoln
There were three electoral tickets: One for Breckinridge
, one for Bell
, one for Douglas
, but none for Lincoln
The vote stood as follows: Breckinridge
, 51,893; Bell
, 42,855; Douglas
As the Breckinridge ticket was favored by the most pronounced Southern rights men, the vote in Georgia
showed a small majority against immediate secession by separate State action.
But the election of Mr. Lincoln
by a purely sectional vote set the current toward secession, causing the tide of disunion sentiment to rise with steadily increasing volume, and strengthening the views and fears of those who could see relief only by withdrawing from a union which