Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2011




SPRING, 2011 • VOLUME 10, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
7 Stumbling into History:  The Story of Andersonville Prison's Henry Wirz
A monument to the much-maligned commandant of Andersonville Prison prompts the author to delve deeply into the history of this complex and tragic Civil War site.
BY MARCIA MAYO • SUMTER AND MACON COUNTIES
10 No Darker Field of Crime
Henry Wirz, the commandant at Andersonville Prison, was the only Confederate officer executed for war crimes.  The charges brought against him were shocking and profound, but were they justified and justly resolved?
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • SUMTER AND MACON COUNTIES
16 Georgia's First National Highway and the Great 1909 Good Roads Tour
During the era when paved roads and automobiles were novel and scarce, an array of leaders and celebrities made national news as they motored 1,000 miles from New York City to Atlanta.
BY HOWARD LAWRENCE PRESTON • ATLANTA AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA
23 The Idiat and the Odd-yssey
Traveling to Geneva, Berlin and Ephesus is easy for any adventurous Georgian following in the footsteps of "Odyfferus" on his Homeric journey through International Georgia.
BY HARLAN HAMBRIGHT • STATEWIDE
31 Riding in Luxury on the Georgia 300
Do you remember when rail was king and elegant passengers rode in style in cars that swayed to the clickety-clack of wheels?  For a lucky few, that era hasn't ended.
BY BORDEN BLACK • STATEWIDE
36 Cartersville's Iconic 4 Way Lunch Serves Comfort and Food "All the Way"
You never know who you'll see at 4 Way Lunch, but you can rest assured you'll enjoy the tasty home cooking served in a welcoming environment.
BY BOB KELLEY • BARTOW COUNTY
39 Disposed to Wander from Home
Research into family legend leads the author on a journey of discovery about her great-grandmother and why she was sent to a "home for the feeble-minded."
BY KATHY SMITH • CATOOSA COUNTY
41 Vanishing Georgia - On the Village at Thomaston Mills
A mill job in Thomaston in the 1940s and '50s meant relief from the tedium of sharecropping and a new and exciting way of life "on the village."
BY AUBREY HAMMACK • UPSON
COUNTY
47 Tom Polk Edmondson, the Poet, and the North Georgia Scouts
When Union troops marched into his home-country, a Confederate cavalry commander led a legendary charge immortalized in poetry by one of his own men.
BY ZACK C. WATERS • MURRAY AND GORDON COUNTIES
52 America's Roadside Wanderer - The Story of the Goat Man
Many Georgians remember the Goat Man, an unusual wanderer who traveled the state's back roads in the 1950s and '60s, but few of us know why he did so or where he came from.
BY DEBORAH MALONE • STATEWIDE
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  The Mounds Tour - Historic Native American Towns
From mysterious hawk effigies to ceremonial mounds, the works of Georgia's Native American people are sprinkled across the state.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • EARLY, PUTNAM, BIBB, and BARTOW COUNTIES