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Among the many extant volumes of Civil War correspondence penned by military men, few can boast of the writing quality of Dear Courier: The Civil War Correspondence of Editor Melvin Dwinell. This Yankee-turned-Rebel was both fighter and journalist: second lieutenant of the Rome Light Guards and editor of the Rome Courier.
Born in East Calais, Vermont, in 1825, Melvin Dwinell came to the South and was won over to its way of life. He soon found his calling in journalism, purchasing the Rome (Georgia) Courier and serving as its editor. Though he initially opposed Georgia’s immediate secession, Dwinell fully supported his adopted state’s cause, proclaiming that “a great and glorious Confederacy would arise from the ashes of the United States.”
At the outbreak of the war, Dwinell joined the Eighth Georgia Infantry and began an almost weekly correspondence published in his newspaper. The editor’s letters provide vivid descriptions of some of the most important campaigns of the Civil War. Dwinell’s lively account of the “most glorious victory” at Manassas surely delighted his readers, though the list of casualties from the area would have proved sobering. Wounded at Gettysburg in 1863, Dwinell openly described the heavy price paid by the Confederacy in rather a different tone: “The carnage was greater probably than on any other field since the commencement of this wicked war.”
“Dwinnell’s extensive, well-written, and detailed letters are some of the best I’ve seen from a soldier correspondent. This volume will have wide appeal to readers interested in the campaigns of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.”—Keith S. Bohannon, University of West Georgia
About the Author
Ford Risley is associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the College of Communications at Penn State University. Prior to assuming the role, he served as head of the Department of Journalism from 2002-2014.
He teaches mass media history, feature writing and other courses. He was awarded the College of Communications Alumni Society's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002.
His research centers on mass media history, especially Civil War-era journalism. He is the editor of American Journalism, the quarterly scholarly journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. He also is director of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program.
He is the author or editor of three books, including "Civil War Journalism" (Praeger, 2012). He also has published articles, essays and book reviews in a variety of scholarly publications, including American Journalism, Civil War History, Georgia Historical Quarterly and Journalism History. His book, "Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery" (Northwestern, 2008) won the American Journalism Historians Association's award for the best book on media history.
Prior to teaching, he spent 12 years as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. He holds a B.A. from Auburn University, a M.A. from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
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Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia
by Lisa Russell
North Georgia has more than forty lakes, and not one is natural. The state's controversial decision to dam the region's rivers for power and water supply changed the landscape forever. Lost communities, forgotten crossroads, dissolving racetracks and even entire towns disappeared, with remnants occasionally peeking up from the depths during times of extreme drought. The creation of Lake Lanier displaced more than seven hundred families. During the construction of Lake Chatuge, busloads of schoolboys were brought in to help disinter graves for the community's cemetery relocation. Contractors clearing land for the development of Lake Hartwell met with seventy-eight-year-old Eliza Brock wielding a shotgun and warning the men off her property. Lisa Russell dives into the history hidden beneath North Georgia's lakes.
About the Author
Lisa Russell is a member of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, Bartow History Museum and Etowah Valley Historical Society. She earned her masters degree in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. When Lisa is not teaching at Georgia Northwestern Technical College or Kennesaw State University, she can be found exploring North Georgia through a micro-historic lens.
It's all WRITE with me! Essays from my heart, is a book filled with personal insights and stories from the heart of Lynn Walker Gendusa. The book has fifteen chapters accompanied with fifteen original illustrations. Chapters about Family, Faith, Roots, Friends, LaGrange, Shadows, Southland, Healing, Age(less) ,Lessons, Treasures, America, Celebrate, Joy, and The Last Chapter. The stories are a compilation of columns and articles that have appeared in newspapers and other publications throughout the country and offer inspiration and encouragement to the reader. The author shares her journey with Depression in the Chapter Shadows.and her personal relationship with God in the essays about Faith. Patriotism shines in America and her loved revealed for her beloved Southland. Celebrations of life are abundant throughout the book and The Last Chapter reminds us that we will all leave this world one day, however, a door is left ajar to enter another one. Just follow the light!
"When Lynn Gendusa weaves the commonality of life's ups and downs into the tapestry of her essays we see and feel remarkable similarities to our own joys, heartaches and victories. It takes an exceptional writer to connect so intimately with her readers. In this collection of Lynn's stories be prepared to laugh hard, cry hard, and most of all, make sense of things." --Lee Walburn, Editor Emeritus Atlanta Magazine
About the Author
After spending forty-three years as an Interior Designer, Lynn Walker Gendusa was ready to retire to a hammock somewhere overlooking the blue ocean. Except, God had other plans. Within a few weeks of putting down her tape measure, she picked up a pen. Her first story was published in the LaGrange Daily News in LaGrange, Georgia, her former hometown. Within a few more weeks, she became a weekly columnist for the paper, writing essays about faith, America, family, friends, depression, joy, holidays, and the other stuff of life. Her work soon spread across the country to other publications that loved her relatable down-home stories that are laced with inspiration as well as frankness. Lynn has compiled many of her columns into these pages after readers encouraged her to do so. Her mission is to always inspire and remind us of life's abundant blessings. She believes,"Every day reveals a new story, a new bend in the road, and a clearer understanding of our journey. Lynn currently resides in Roswell, Georgia with her husband David. She is the mother of three children, two stepchildren, and three grandchildren.