Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2013




WINTER 2013 • VOLUME 12, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 But Alas!  This Cruel War!
A southern soldier contemplates his destiny on the eve of the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • MISSIONARY RIDGE
7 What a Glorious Time for Men to Harden Themselves!
It took a strong man - one who had the surprisingly graceful touch of a poet - to help tame the Georgia mountains during the years leading to the Civil War.
BY FRANK C. BARNES • FULTON AND FANNIN COUNTIES
12 Hot Flushes from the Seabiscuit of Georgia Politics
A political novice running for elected office resorts to highly unusual tactic in an effort to become county coroner.
BY WILLIAM W. ROGERS • THOMAS COUNTY
16 The Hero and the Ghost
A prominent southern family went to great lengths to conceal the truth about the fate of its patriarch during the Civil War.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • FLOYD COUNTY
21 A Reminiscence of Meeting Robert Frost
One could do worse than be an admirer of one of America's great poets.
BY  HOLLIS LANIER CATE • CLARKE COUNTY
23 Vanishing Georgia:  Historic Rural Churches
The one-room school, gristmill and covered bridge have nearly vanished from our landscape, but a newly formed historic preservation group is doing its utmost to see that the same fate does not befall Georgia's historic rural churches.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • STATEWIDE
30 "See Rock City" Barns Rock On!
A unique and ubiquitous advertising campaign ensures tha even those who haven't visited Rock City smile when they see its name.
BY JIM WINNERMAN • NORTH GEORGIA
34 Martha Berry's House O' Dreams
A rustic and charming house built by students for their benefactor fits its mountaintop setting perfectly.
BY ANNABELLE LEE MACRI • FLOYD COUNTY
39 How the Constitution of the Confederate States of America Ended
More than 150 years ago, the people of the South acted on their vision of a more perfect union.  The endeavor ultimately failed, but the most improtant document of the short-lived nation would survive and ultimately ended up in Georgia.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • CHATHAM AND CLARKE COUNTIES
44 A Confederate Drummer Boy's Memories of Camp Sumter at Andersonville
A young drummer in the Confederate Army witnesses many surprising things while serving in the guard detachment at Andersonville.
BY CAROLE E. SCOTT • BUTTS AND SUMTER COUNTIES
47 Your True Friend and Lover 'Til Death Shall Call Me Home
Nineteenth century courting might seem antiquated by today's standards, but there is no denying that the language of the day imparted to the experience elegance and charm.
BY PARKER BLOUNT • CHATHAM AND GLYNN COUNTIES
52 Remembering the Baptist Church of Christ at Ramoth
Descendants of the founders of a country church rally to save it from disintegration under the weight of years of neglect.
BY LYNN BRACKEY • PUTNAM COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads: A Visit to Santa Claus
Had Santa favored friendly people, quaint towns and a tranquil way of life over cold, ice and interminable winter nights, he might have settled here.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • TOOMBS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
60 A Father's Rest:  The Story of the Georgia National Cemetery
The tanquility and beauty of Georgia's newest national cemetery creates a moving tribute to those who have served our country.
BY VICKI E. DAVIS • CHEROKEE COUNTY