Civil War Generals: Robert E. Lee Nearly Killed in Savannah

Civil War Generals: Robert E. Lee Nearly Killed in Savannah

By Jim Miles In April 1862, before taking command of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee was in charge of the Confederacy’s coastal defenses. While visiting Savannah he

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Interview with a Seed-Spitting Champ

Interview with a Seed-Spitting Champ

By RICHARD STENGER  A talent show, fishing rodeo and photo contest take place every year at the annual watermelon festival in Cordele. But there’s just one real competition, the

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Kreeping Kudzu

Kreeping Kudzu

By LUDLOW PORCH I have heard several versions of how kudzu came to this country. The most widely accepted is that it was brought here from Japan in the 1930s. Somebody got the

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Battle of West Point, Part 2: Fort Tyler

Battle of West Point, Part 2: Fort Tyler

Robert C. Tyler, the Confederate commander at West Point, had been thrice wounded, his left leg amputated, and he convalesced at West Point. Tyler made brigadier general on February

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Civil War Sites: West Point

Civil War Sites: West Point

By Jim Miles Fort Tyler.  Wilson’s demolition had left a huge crater in the center of the fort, obliterating some of the earthworks. In 1895 the city blasted a larger cavity that

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Battle of West Point, Part 1: Civil War West Point

Battle of West Point, Part 1: Civil War West Point

By Jim Miles The city of West Point, located in west central Georgia on the Chattahoochee River, became an important transportation hub in 1854 when a railroad bridge was

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Weird Georgia: Fort Jackson Ghosts

Weird Georgia: Fort Jackson Ghosts

Fort Jackson, far upstream of Fort Pulaski on the Savannah River, not far from the port facilities, is Savannah’s oldest surviving fortification. Although no battle was fought here,

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Civil War Sites: Chattanooga National Cemetery

Civil War Sites: Chattanooga National Cemetery

By Jim Miles Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War we will features dozens of Confederate cemeteries found throughout Georgia. For this Memorial Day I will explore the

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Shopping in Georgia: Antique Alley Yard Sale

Shopping in Georgia: Antique Alley Yard Sale

Always Thursday through Sunday following Mother’s Day, Antiques Alley is centered in Trenton, Georgia, and extends along U.S. 11 251 miles in each direction, south to Meridian, MS,

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Weird Georgia: Fighting Ghosts of Fort McAllister

Weird Georgia: Fighting Ghosts of Fort McAllister

Savannah was vulnerable to approach from the Atlantic Ocean via a number of waterways. One of the most important was the Ogeechee River, a valuable shelter for blockade runners. To

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