of the Officers of Volunteers to the General Assembly
February 1876, the legislature passed a resolution authorizing the governor to
appoint a board of nine officers from
’s voluntary military organizations to make
recommendations for revising the Georgia Code sections on “The Volunteers”
(Part I, Title XII, Chapter 2, Article 3, 1873 Code).
On November 9, 1878, the board, addressing their report to Governor
Alfred H. Colquitt, submitted copies to both the House and Senate.
One of the board’s recommendations was that
adopt a state flag, which was needed for the troops and for flying on
steamships. They suggested a design "sufficiently striking but simple, so
as to be suitable both for maritime and military purposes." They also
noted that their design was "entirely unique." Both reports include a
color design and the wording of an act for adopting the flag.
the General Assembly passed a bill
on Organization of Volunteer Troops (Law No. 276).
Little of the committee’s report was incorporated
into the final bill. However, it
included a provision that "every battalion of volunteers
shall carry the flag of the State, when one is adopted by Act of the General
Assembly, as its battalion colors." The next day, on October 17th, the
legislature adopted an act (Law No. 317) to "declare and establish" the
flag. The language describing the new flag is almost identical to that
suggested in the report written eleven months earlier.
documents are taken from Record Group 037-08-004, General Assembly, Commissions
and Committees, Reports and Investigations.