YANCEY, statesman, a native Georgian, was recognized as
the most radical propagandist of the doctrine of secession.
As early as 1850 he "advocated a separate and district orbit for
the independent star of Dixie." He led the democrat bolt in the
Charleston Convention of 1861, and afterwards became a member of
the Confederate Senate. Mr. Yancey was one of the
most powerful orators of his day and was to the pro-slavery
cause at the South what Wendell Phillips was to the
abolition movement at the North. He died in 1863 while
still at the zenith of his fame.
Many other notable authors of Georgia should be
mentioned. Col. Isaac W. Avery, author of a
valuable "History of Georgia" from 1850 to 1881. Judge
Garnett Andrews wrote "Reminiscences of an Old Georgia
Lawyer." Hon. A. H. Chappell published in 1874
"Miscellanies of Georgia." Col. E. Y. Clarke wrote
an excellent sketch of Atlanta. Hon. Thomas R. R. Cobb,
later brigadier-general in the Army of the Confederate States,
who on Dec. 13, 1862, sealed his devotion to the South with his
life, published in 1858, an "Historical Sketch of Slavery."
George R. Gilmer wrote an instructive and interesting
work on the Georgians. Judge E. J. Harden wrote adn
published a "Life of Governor George M. Troup."
Stephen F. Miller published in 1858 the "Bench and Bar of
Georgia." Hon. Wm. A. Stiles wrote before the Civil
war a scholarly work entitled "History of Austria."
William H. Sparks published "Reminiscences of Fifty Years,"
a thrilling book of biographical history. Rev. George
White, of Savannah, did the state an invaluable service in
his "Statistics of Georgia," and "Historical Collections of
Georgia," the latter published in 1854.
Source: The Standard History of
Georgia & Georgians - Vol. III - By Lucian Lamar Knight -
Publ. The Lewis Publishing Company -
Chicago : New York -
Publ. 1917 - Page 1764