How one south GA city remembered to forget the Civil War
Unique in all of America, the City of Fitzgerald in South Georgia was founded as a place of reconciliation between Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War. Early on, the prospect of so many northerners inhabiting the Deep South was a strange concept, but as soon as settlement began, the local residents offered their cooperation. The town’s streets were named for Civil War generals. In one of the first public works constructions in the United States, a four-story hotel was built and named the Lee-Grant Hotel to honor leaders of opposing sides during the Civil War.
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Fitzgerald: Remembering to Forget the Civil War.
Unique in all of America, the City of Fitzgerald was founded as a place of reconciliation between veterans of the Civil War, Union and Confederate. Indianapolis lawyer and newspaper publisher Philander H. Fitzgerald, a former drummer boy in the Union Army, worked with Georgia state government, including then Governor William J. Northern, to select a site on the Ocmulgee River and "Georgia's Colony City” was born.
Created from scratch in 1895 as a community for Civil War veterans North and South, Fitzgerald is a unique Georgia city that remembered to forget the Civil War.
More than 1200 objects, photographs, household items, memorabilia and rare artifacts tell the remarkable story of Fitzgerald and its roots in the Civil War.
When you are visiting Fitzgerald in South Georgia’s Ben Hill County, stop by the Visitors Center for information about where to go and things to do in and around Fitzgerald.