Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2012




AUTUMN 2012 • VOLUME 11, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
5 They Aren't Trail Trees!
The word about Cherokee "trail trees" is rapidly spreading in Georgia, but its proponents got it all wrong..
BY DAN ROPER • NORTH GEORGIA
9 For the Sake of Our Bleeding Country
A remarkable bundle of correspondence pulled from a curbside trash pile a century after the Civil War discloses the longings, apprehensions, and battlefield ordeals of an eloquent southern soldier.
BY ELIZABETH WHITLEY ROBERSON • GWINNETT COUNTY
14 Vanishing Georgia:  College the Old-Fashioned Way
The era of laptop computers, distance learning, and rising tuition costs means that the college experience today is a wee bit different than it was for our ancestors.
BY TRAVIS MCDANIEL • LAURENS COUNTY & STATEWIDE
21 If I Could Save All these People - The Life of John Henry Jordan
A young black man overcomes his own humble beginnings and the strictures of the times to become a physician respected by an entire community.
BY KAREN JORDAN • COWETA COUNTY
23 Bringing the Bacons Home to Baconton
Only rarely does a town have the opportunity to call home the far-flung descendants of the pioneer for whom the place was named.  When Baconton got the opportunity to do so it did things up right.
BY FRANK M. BACON • MITCHELL COUNTY
28 Rosie the Riveter Rallied to the War Effort in Georgia
From the J.I. Jones Shipyard in Brunswick to the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta, Georgia counted on her women in war-time to provide the muscle to get things done.
32 Showplace of Southwest Georgia:  The Historic Windsor Hotel
When one of Georgia's signature hotels fell on hard times, the residents of Americus responded with enthusiasm to restore the landmark's grandeur.
BY HANK SEGARS • SUMTER COUNTY
36 International Georgia Shrimp & Grits:  Thinknig Globally, Eating Locally
The writer considers how Homer might have feasted had his odyssey brought him to the Peach State, Vidalia Onion State, the Cheese Grits State, the...well, you get the idea.
BY HARLAN HAMBRIGHT • GLYNN COUNTY
39 A Vast Pool of Oil
In 1919, a cabal of prominent Washington County residents publicized their discovery of oil, devising an elaborate plan to exploit its potential for riches.  While some remained skeptical, hordes of investors were drawn to the scheme.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • WASHINGTON COUNTY
46 A Ghostly Game
A dark night, a dank fog, and a haunting presence provided spine-tingling atmosphere at a highly anticipated football playoff game between Fort Valley High School and Morgan County in 1961.
BY EDDIE ROBINETTE • PEACH COUNTY
50 General James Longstreet - Shamed and Vilified Unjustly
Partly by his own hand and partly through the work of others, an illustrious Confederate general's reputation suffered grievously in the aftermath of the Civil War.
BY NEELY YOUNG • HALL COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  A Georgia Western Adventure
While Georgia isn't known for stampedes, teepees and wagon trains, we do have some things in common with the Old West.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • RANDOLPH, STEWART AND TERRELL COUNTIES
60 An Affinity for Clay:  The Timeless Sculpting of Regina Coffee
Colorful ceramic handiwork by a South Georgia sculptor brings to life country buildings of the past.
BY DIANE J. SHEARER • COFFEE COUNTY