December 4, 1861
On Dec. 4, 1861, 93 commissioners from 47 presbyteries met in Augusta, Georgia, to form the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America (later known as the Presbyterian Church in the United States). The meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Joseph Ruggles Wilson (1822 - 1903, shown at right) was pastor. At the time, he also was the father of five-year-old Woodrow Wilson, future President of the United States. This southern branch remained separate until 1983, when it reunited with the northern branch, the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., to form today's Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.