Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2021




AUTUMN 2021 • VOLUME 20, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: To the Creek Agency
A dead tree by a lone grave marks the location of the old American "embassy" to to the Creek Nation.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • CRAWFORD & TAYLOR COUNTIES
7 A Case of Mistaken Identity
Accused of the murder of a local businessman, an itinerant painter endured three successive trials and two death sentences.
BY JAY JARVIS • JACKSON COUNTY
12 Back from the  Dead - The 1837 Jesse Bunkley Case
Did the man claiming an inheritance return from the dead or was he a brazen imposter?
BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER  • JONES COUNTY
16 The Not-So-Free Beer
Sometimes we're still paying for childhood mishaps decades later.
BY WILLIAM C. NOBLE • CRISP COUNTY
17 A Grandpa's Legacy
Grandfathers often make strong impressions on their grandchildren.
BY LISA LEGG ROPER • JACKSON COUNTY
18 Vanishing Georgia: Ablaze with Fluttering Flags and Streamers of Red, White, and Blue

Thomasville and its residents have a rich heritage of strong ties to the White House.

BY THERESA BROWN • THOMAS COUNTY & STATEWIDE
25 Rebel Correspondent
Private Arba Shaw penned a lively reminiscence of his wartime service in the saddle.
BY STEVE PROCKO • WALKER COUNTY
31 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Wesleyan Campground
Ashburn's Madison Avenue is distinguished by its faithful heritage of camp meetings.
BY SONNY SEALS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE ROBINSON • TURNER COUNTY
33

Old Hamilton Spring - A Dalton Landmark Beckons

A tranquil refuge amid urban busyness has always drawn visitors.

BY DR. ELIZABETH HOOLE McARTHUR • WHITFIELD COUNTY 

39

Violently, Forcibly, Illegally Possessed

The smuggling of 112 slaves into the state in 1817 triggered an international tug-of-war.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • CRAWFORD & BALDWIN COUNTIES 

47

A Tale of Two Pandemics

Comparing and contrasting Spanish Flu and COVID-19 proves there is nothing new under the sun.

BY MARCIA MAYO • STATEWIDE

50

Unraveling the Legend of Captain Jack

Did generations of storytelling embellish a family's Civil War history?

BY HOLLEY CALMES • COBB 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
55

High Falls State Park - The Towaliga River Runs Right Through It

Sometimes the lovely river at the heart of High Falls State Park rampages violently.

BY NICOLE ISAAC • MONROE COUNTY
59

The Gift of Edgehill

The residents of the smallest town in the eighth largest state are content to live there - all 23 of them.

BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • MITCHELL COUNTY
61

Civil War Portrait

Colonel Randalph Spalding of the 29th Georgia Infantry lived, served, and died on the coast.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • MCINTOSH COUNTY