Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Ssummer 2012




SUMMER 2012 • VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
5 The Last of the Walnut Bottom Boys
The bonds of affection in some families are unusually strong, which may make the time of parting as a child reaches adulthood particularly poignant.
BY RALPH WEST MILLS • HALL COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  The Greatest Generation
During World War II, the people of Georgia dealt with shortages, scrap drives, the pressing need to bring in the harvest, and concern over friends and family serving in harm's way.
BY JANANN GILES • NEWTON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
14 'Til Secession Do Us Part
The Civil War divided the states in an epic and terrible struggle for survival, sometimes pitting brother agaisnt brother...andeven wife against husband.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • FLOYD COUNTY
19 Georgia's WASP Hazel Raines - Pioneer Lady of Flight
During World War II, most Georgia women supported the war effort from the home front, but a few were in positions that took them as close to the fighting as they could get under the limitations then imposed on their sex.
BY DEBORAH MALONE • BIBB COUNTY
23 Masters of the Field - Wright's Brigade at Gettysburg
Pickett's Charge famously established the "high-water mark of the Confederacy," but those men in gray actually crossed ground a brigade of Georgians had traversed a day earlier.
BY RAY CHANDLER • STATEWIDE
33 Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
Take a drive along the back roads to Leslie and enjoy an enlightening museum devoted to the history of the telephone.
BY BOB KELLEY • SUMTER COUNTY
39 He Left them Only the Wings
High school chums from Decature enlist together, train together, and in the service of their country will die together.
BY MIKE MCDONALD • DEKALB COUNTY
43 A Family's Deep Roots in Hancock County's Powelton
A chance stop at a historic back roads village launches the author on a journey of discovery into his family's almost-forgotten connections to the community.
BY MARVIN (SONNY) SEALS III • HANCOCK COUNTY
48 When History Goes Up in Smoke
When flames consume an historic building in Hazlehurst, the community draws together to see that the structure is rebuilt and its history restored.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • JEFF DAVIS COUNTY
51 You've got to try Crossroads Barbeque!
It isn't easy for "you're not from around here" folks to find Crossroads Barbeque, located onthe line separating Glascock and Warren Counties, but those that do enjoy some tasty country cooking.
BY REVEREND DAN WHITE • GLASCOCK & WARREN COUNTIES
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  A Fortuitous Impromptu
Join the author for an impulsive side trip to Savannah's Old Fort Jackson.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • CHATHAM COUNTY
60 Sincerely, George Walton of Meadow Garden
Many of us are unfamiliar with the story of George Walton, one of three Georgian's who signed the Declaration of Independence, and the place he caled home in Augusta.
BY JACKIE PERRONE • RICHMOND COUNTY