Yellow fever has hit Brunswick. Those five words were reported in The Atlanta Constitution on August 13, 1893 and struck fear into the hearts of every person that read them. Even though Carlos Finlay, a Cuban physician, identified yellow fever was carried by mosquitos as early as 1881, his … [Read more...]
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Fear was the first emotion citizens in Atlanta experienced when they heard the plight of the people of Brunswick, Georgia. First the reports of yellow fever cases followed by a hurricane that hit the area on August 27, 1893. The people were starving and needed assistance. One Atlanta man who … [Read more...]
One of the best-known movers and shakers in Atlanta in the years leading up to the Civil War was Marcus A. Bell – the A stood for Aurelius, a nod to Marcus Aurelius of ancient Rome fame. In fact, Bell was born in 1828 in Elbert County, and his parents named some of their children for men of ancient … [Read more...]
The war finally reached Atlanta in July 1864 – the Battle of Peachtree Creek was fought on July 20, the Battle of Atlanta was waged on July 22, and the Battle of Ezra Church was decided on July 28, but it would be five long weeks until the city of Atlanta would surrender to Union forces on September … [Read more...]