Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Winter 2022




WINTER 2022 • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 4 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: Walking to the Sound of Winter
Georgia mountains in December sound alot like Virginia mountains in June.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • NORTHWEST GEORGIA
5 Her Roman Odyssey
A Georgia girl from one City of Seven Hills became nobility in another.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FLOYD COUNTY
11 Vanishing Georgia - Streetcars
Like covered bridges, one-rooms schools, and the old country store, streetcars are relics of another era.
BY DR. CAROLE E. SCOTT • FULTON COUNTY & STATEWIDE
18 "I Hope the First Bullet Gets You!"
Atlanta's Frederck Benteen was the only U.S. cavalry officer promoted for gallantry at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
BY G. JUDSON SMITH JR. AND HAL S. RAPER JR.  • STATEWIDE
22 Georgia's Front Porch
Sylvania's Visitor's Information Center transports travelers to the era before interstate highways.
BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • SCREVEN COUNTY
24 The Rowdy Days of Lewis Grizzard
Georgia's folksy, hilarious, talented writer sometimes struggled to get life right.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FULTON COUNTY
27 The Final Days of Lewis Grizzard

Iconic humorist Lewis Grizzard was as spontaneous and impulsive in death as in life.

BY MARY ANN ANDERSON AND STEVE ENOCH • COWETA & CLARKE COUNTIES
30

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  Camp Meetings

Fellowship, faith, and food are hallmarks of a grand old tradition still practiced around the state.

BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • STATEWIDE 

36 The Cost of Living Free
Clarkesville's Charles Dees willingly paid the price to live free.
BY EVELYN DAVIS HARMON • HABERSHAM COUNTY
41

One of the Most Remarkable Politicians this Country Ever Produced

For decades after the Civil War, General Alfred H. Colquitt and his allies dominated state politics.

BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • WALTON, BIBB & FULTON COUNTIES

47

Jingle All the Way...To Savannah

North and South still debate where one of the world's most recognizable songs was written, but Georgia seems to have the stronger claim.

BY JONATHAN SHIPLEY • CHATHAM COUNTY

49

Art of the State

In this era of antiseptic, computer-generated imaging, there's a cartographer who still meticulously draws and illustrates maps by hand.

BY MACK ANDERSON • STATEWIDE

53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
57

Genuine Georgia Backroads: Old Gaol to Eagle Tavern

Forty-five miles of backroads traveling will take you to an old jail, two historic towns, one ghost town, a covered bridge, an iconic piece of exiled artwork, and a frontier-era tavern.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • MIDDLE GEORGIA
58 Mosquito Crossing Memories
A famous Depression-era photo triggered childhood memories of growing up right there.
BY LANELLE U. LARUE • GREENE COUNTY
61

Civil War Portrait

Private William S. Askew served with the 1st Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • COWETA COUNTY