Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2014




WINTER 2014 • VOLUME 13, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 To Within the Seventh Degree of Consanquinity
A pluck of the web of Georgia history sends impules radiating through time and space, through 150 years and across the nation.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FLOYD AND WALKER COUNTIES
7 Vanishing Georgia:  Old-Time Christmas - In the Winter of Falling Pecans
When a family unexpectedly faces tough times at Christmas, each member rolls up their sleeves, goes to works, and pulls together.
BY TOM BUTLER • FULTON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
14 The Women of the Famed Jekyll Island Club
While luxuriating on one of America's most exclusive islands, a private association of captains of industry included members of the fairer sex.
BY JUNE HALL MCCASH • GLYNN COUNTY
20 Long Ago and Far Away
Just one look at a dazzling new dancer on an Augusta stage forever captured a young soldier's heart.
BY CHUCK BOWEN • MITCHELL COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Church: Sapelo Baptist
Shortly after the Civil War, newly freed slaves established this island house of worship.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WAYNE C. MOORE • McINTOSH COUNTY
25 Back of the Beyond
Some of Georgia's highest peaks stand sentinel over one of her least accessible valleys.
BY MICHAEL MAFFETT • TOWNS & RABUN COUNTIES
30 Frankly, My Dear, Hit the Trail - The Gone With the Wind Trail
You may know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies, but you'll learn alot about the state's preeminent novel at these places in Georgia devoted to everything Gone With the Wind.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • NORTH GEORGIA
34 Thunder in the Ground
The last open road to Confederate Atlanta was imperiled when Blue battled Gray on a farm near Lovejoy.
BY BOB KELLEY • HENRY COUNTY
39  Unadulterated, Premeditated, Deliberate Lies!
The hard-fought, neck-and-neck Democrat gubernatorial primary in 1946 pitted old versus new and rural versus urban.
BY WITT CALLAWAY • COBB COUNTY
44 Mad Dogs, Toothaches & the Great Decoy Massacre
Those wealthy northerners enjoying the Jekyll Island Club's amenities had nothing on the southern youngsters across the river digging tunnels, building tree houses, and hunting ducks.
BY HOLLIS L. CATE • GLYNN COUNTY
49 Bell Irvin Wiley:  Dean of Civil War Historians
In focusing on the experiences of the common men and women during the Civil War, one of the nation's leading scholars created an uncommon legacy.
BY HANK SEGARS • DEKALB COUNTY
52 Remembering the Chattahoochee Choo-Choo
The soldiers at Fort Benning referred to their no-frills railroad service as the "Dinky Line" and "The Bulls-Eye Limited."
BY JANANN GILES • MUSCOGEE COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Before Highway 41 - The Railroads
Before highways, railroads were the arteries that carried passengers and freight through Georgia's heartland.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • CLAYTON, UPSON, LAMAR AND MONROE COUNTIES
61 Civil War Portrait - Colonel Samuel G. Smith, 6th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
One of the officers defending the last open road to Confederate Atlanta fell in battle.
FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • CLAYTON COUNTY