Heartland of the Confederacy
Civil War in Georgia
Heartland of the Confederacy grady taylor housetoombs house
Civil War in Georgia
"Family History Preserved"
University of Georgia archivisit Linda Aaron, with Mary Johnson and Sindney Fortson have preserved more than 100 Civil War letters that were donated by Johnson and Fortson.

Leaders Life Legacy

Robert A. Toombs

Robert ToombsRobert Toombs attended the University of Georgia in the 1820s. Although discipline problems forced him to leave the university, he went on to become one of the South's greatest legal minds and orators. He served Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives as a U.S. Senator for 16 years before the Civil War. Appointed the first Confederate secretary of state, he soon resigned his office because he wanted to serve in the field. As a brigadier general, he proved himself at the Battle of Antietam when his 500 Georgians defended Burnside's Bridge against 12,000 attacking Federal troops, saving the day for Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Robert Toombs' home in Washington, at 216 E. Robert Toombs Avenue, is a state historic site. It displays many of Toombs' personal items, papers, and furniture, as well as a film describing his accomplishments.

Robert Toombs home

This picture shows an inside of view Robert Toomb's home.

Robert Toombs home interior

"Defend yourselves, the enemy is at your door...!" Thundered Robert A. Toombs from the floor of the Senate Jan. 24th, 1860