The Last Days of the Confederacy in Northeast Georgia Hardcover – April 6, 2015
In 1861, northeast Georgians were the driving force into secession and war. In 1865, Confederate president Jefferson Davis, his government collapsing and himself a wanted man, brought the reality of the war to the region’s doorstep. Governor Joseph Brown, U.S. senator Robert Toombs and the politically influential Howell Cobb of Athens and his brother Thomas R.R. Cobb all fought passionately for Southern independence. The region epitomized the reasons for which the South waged and supported the war, yet it was spared the destruction seen in other places. Even Sherman’s Union army touched only the region’s fringes. Author Ray Chandler brings to light the final act of the Confederacy in the Peach State’s northeast and the lasting impact it had on Georgians.
Georgia Tales: Stories of Georgia and Georgians
(Paperback – January 11, 2018)
What is the truth about Nancy Hart, Georgia’s legendary “War Woman” of the American Revolution? What is the connection between a Georgia defrocked Methodist minister and an award for bravery for members of the U.S. Marshals Service? Why was “the meanest man in Georgia” like a character out of Faulkner? How did a convicted murderer from Georgia end up playing a vital role in World War II’s famous Great Escape? And how did a man born a slave in Georgia become the chief U.S. diplomat to Liberia? All these sidelines of history and more are explored, and more, in this collection of tales of Georgia and Georgians drawn from history.
The Redemption of Alfred Iverson: and other stories of Georgians in the Civil War
(Paperback – January 18, 2019)
In late July 1864, Brigadier General Alfred Iverson won a battle that was for the Confederate forces one of the few highpoints of the Atlanta campaign. He thwarted one of the Union Army’s largest cavalry operations of the war, bagging hundreds of prisoners that included a Union major general. But in the eyes of history, Iverson’s victory in this battle is overshadowed by the near annihilation of his brigade on July 1, 1863, at the battle of Gettysburg, a debacle for which survivors held him at fault. But was he fully to blame? And did he indeed redeem himself on an obscure battlefield in south Georgia? This new book by author Ray Chandler deals with Iverson’s redemption and other stories of Georgians in the Civil War. Trace the travels and thoughts of Thomas Ware, a young soldier from Lincoln County, as he marches to Gettysburg and his death. Look at the actions of a brigade of Georgians who attacked and penetrated the Union center at Gettysburg a day before Pickett’s Charge attempted the same stroke. Was Georgia’s firebrand Robert Toombs justified in his animosity that he never received due credit for probably saving the Army of Northern Virginia at the battle of Antietam? How and why did $450,000 in gold and silver from the banks of Richmond end up in Washington, Georgia, in the last days of the war? And what happened to most of it. What influence did James Dunwoody Bulloch, the Confederate Navy’s man in Great Britain tasked with putting Confederate commerce raiders on the high seas have on his nephew, future President Theodore Roosevelt?