Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2011




Summer, 2011 • VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS
8 The Last Ride of North Georgia Unionist William Clayton Fain
Even prominent residents of the Georgia mountain communities were caught up in the distinctly local civil war that raged between friends and family during the American Civil War.
BY TRAVIS M. McDANIEL • FANNIN COUNTY
13 A Saga of the South
A walk through the woods as a child inspired in the author a lifelong interest in genealogy as she learned about one northeast Georgia family's travails during and after the Civil War.
BY CHARLOTTE COLLINS BOND • MADISON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES
16 Vanishing Georgia - Strong Southern Women
During the era when paved roads and automobiles were novel and scarce, an array of leaders and celebrities made national news as they motored 1,000 miles from New York City to Atlanta.
BY ELENA TAYLOR HAMRICK • STATEWIDE
23 A Life of Hardship and Good Fortune:  Quilter Harriet Powers
Although Harriet Powers was born into slavery and spent most of her life in obscurity, her colorful quilts are today displayed in leading institutions like the Smithsonian.
BY LIZ CONROY • MADISON AND CLARKE COUNTIES
26 Sherman's Destruction of Denhamville
In carrying through with his vow to "make Georgia howl," a certain notorious Union general didn't overlook a critical - if little-known - industrial complex deep in the state's heartland.
BY HANK SEGARS • PUTNAM COUNTY
30 Walking the Benton MacKaye Trail
Dedicated volunteers labored for years to build the gem of a hiking trail that winds through some of Georgia's most rugged and pristine mountain terrain.
BY WALTER COOK • NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS
34 Pulpits and Rose Petals:  A Sam Jones Legacy
A 19th-century preacher nationally known for his fiery, confrontational manner, bequeathed to his family - and eventually to his community - a tranquil, elegant estate well worth a visit.
BY BOB KELLEY • BARTOW COUNTY
39 Enemy on the Home Front:  A Georgia Plantation Owner Works against the Confederacy
While many Georgians who opposed secession swung their allegiance to the Confederacy after Georgia withdrew from the Union, some, like Wesley Shropshire, followed their consciences and resolutely supported the United States.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • CHATTOOGA
COUNTY
44 Death Comes to the Meanest Man in Georgia
The man who stalked the streets of Heardmont one day in 1900 was a well known businessman and politician with a reputation for a particularly nasty and violent disposition.
BY RAY CHANDLER • ELBERT COUNTY
50 Miriam Hopkins:  Movie Star from South Georgia
A sharp tongue and demanding disposition may have blunted the movie career of a dazzling Georgia belle who had genuine acting talent.
BY JULIANNA PALAZZOLO • CHATHAM AND DECATUR COUNTIES
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Lake Seminole Tour
For centuries, the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers have been vital to commerce, transportation, and sustence of the people who inhabit their broad valleys.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • DECATUR AND SEMINOLE COUNTIES