Toombs County, designated in 1905 from portions of Tattnall, Montgomery and Emanuel counties, recognizes General Robert Toombs. During his tenure in both houses of Congress, Toombs spoke strongly for secession. Fittingly, he later accepted positions as Jefferson Davis' secretary of state and brigadier general for the Confederate Army. By his own insistence, Toombs claimed his title as "an unpardoned Rebel" and refused amnesty at the end of the war. Lyons, the county seat, built around a railroad depot on the line connecting Macon to Savannah.