Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2015




SPRING 2016 • VOLUME 15, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 I Know the Place
A hand-drawn map of the Battle of Resaca shows where dramatic events took place.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • GORDON COUNTY
7 Fraternity of the Blue and the Gray
Two Civil War veterans - one Blue, one Gray - reminisced about the conflict that divided them and the bonds that drew them back together.
BY EMMA COTTRELL • GORDON COUNTY
10 Growing Up at Smith Hardware
Not so long ago, the local hardware store in Forest Park provided almost everything its customers, employees and owners needed.
BY ROLAND SMITH • CLAYTON COUNTY
14 A Dash of African Blood
When it came time to disavow his relationship with “a woman of color,” a prominent Savannah businessman was ensnared by his own clever manipulations.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • CHATHAM COUNTY
17 Vanishing Georgia:  Piedmont Farming

A woman returns to her grandparent’s old farm site after decades away and finds a host of cherished memories.

BY PAT DOTSON • PUTNAM COUNTY & STATEWIDE
23 Civil War Portrait
James B. McDonald served in the "Bibb Grays," 27th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.
FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • BIBB COUNTY
24 Historic Rural Church:  Possum Trot

In the late 19th century, Thomas Beams and Ann Mary Beams taught school in a country church that was the cradle of the world’s largest (in acreage) college.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SUSSMAN • FLOYD COUNTY
29 Running Hard Labor

A strenuous, violent, high-stakes game that resembled pitched battle was a national pastime for the Cherokee people.

BY DR. MICHAEL E. MAFFETT • NORTH GEORGIA
33 Making Two Blades of Grass Grow where One Grew Before
The owners of an historic Sparta residence have rescued and repurposed a nearby cotton warehouse in a most surprising way.
BY DONNA SHRUM • HANCOCK COUNTY
39  Thomasville and the Bicycle Craze of the 1890s
At the turn of an earlier century, the population of one South Georgia town was divided between those who bicycled and those who dodged the wheels.
BY WILLIAM WARREN ROGERS AND ROBERT HOLLADAY • THOMAS COUNTY
43 I don't know what I'd do if I didn't get the Messenger!
Tom Gregory loved publishing his hometown newspaper as much as the people of Eatonton loved reading it.
BY HANK SEGARS • PUTNAM COUNTY
47 Saluting Carl Vinson
The writer remembers Georgia’s “Uncle Carl,” one of the nation’s preeminent 20th century politicians.
BY CHUCK BOWEN • BALDWIN COUNTY
50 Love Letters to Mittie
Vows exchanged at Roswell’s Bulloch Hall united a prominent northern family and a prominent southern family, giving birth to a political dynasty.
BY LYNNE BRANDON • FULTON COUNTY
53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Sidetracked in Northwest Georgia

A little fog and lack of a GPS dispatched the writer on an odyssey that took him to forts, flags, armories and battlefields.

BY SKIP LOWERY • NORTHWEST GEORGIA