Post by benotforgot on Jan 12, 2005 2:44:52 GMT -5
My 2nd great-grandma, Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899), was born in Morgan County, Georgia . . . just a short distance east of Atlanta . . . and directly in Sherman's path.
Although she was already living in Texas by the time of the war between the states, Josephine had many kith and kin still living in the Morgan County area when Sherman began his march of destruction -- including her own paternal grandma, Nancy S. Tate Davis nee Anthony (1783-1871).
According to a book by Louise McHenry Hicky entitled Rambles through Morgan County, Georgia . . .
This is Gone With the Wind country . . . The world is still beautiful, filled with wonders; the sky is blue, the flowers still bloom, and birds warble in the magnolia trees. . . . There was a time when peace reigned and life was leisurely, and beautiful and romantic.
Then came a war between the States, when all this beautiful living was gone with the wind. . . .
Post by benotforgot on May 11, 2009 17:45:53 GMT -5
Sherman's burning of Atlanta on the 15th day of November in 1864 was memorialized in Gone With the Wind, as well as numerous other movies, pictures, and books. This was a major event in Sherman's fabled march to the sea, cutting a swath of destruction through the heart of the Confederacy. In so doing he helped to slice through their lines of communication and supply, deal death and destruction, and strike a deep blow to the morale of the Southerners. . . .
Ten months before the December 15, 1939, World Premiere of Gone With the Wind, Kay Brown felt safe in assuring her very worried producer that "Sherman's march through Georgia will be nothing compared with Selznick's." The premiere in Atlanta would be a mammoth celebration, with everything from dress balls to costume contests, and the city would be filled beyond capacity. Its normally sedate population of three hundred thousand would swell to a million as the fans converged for the festivities.