Heartland of the Confederacy
Civil War in Georgia
Heartland of the Confederacy toombs house
Civil War in Georgia
"Family History Preserved"
University of Georgia archivisit Linda Aaron, with Mary Johnson and Sindney Fortson have preserved more than 100 Civil War letters that were donated by Johnson and Fortson.

Leaders Life Legacy


The brightest young men of their generation walk energetically across their university campus, passionately debating what will happen to their lives, their homes, their hopes for the future if war is declared in an effort to separate from their mother country. It is less than a 100 years since their ancestors repelled a foreign army and established a new independent nation. Their convictions vary from a commitment to find a peaceful compromise to apprehension that war will bring disaster that will affect them for many generations to a belief that victory for their cause will be achieved in a matter of months. It could be many countries and many times, but this is northeast Georgia in the 1840s and 1850s. The debaters include University of Georgia students Crawford Long, Howell Cobb, Alexander Stephens, Benjamin Hill and T.R.R. Cobb, who all will go on to shape the destiny of the American South.

When civil war erupts in 1861, each of these men will choose to fight to defend his homeland. Those who survive the War will work to heal the damage and achieve national reconciliation.

Now, through Georgia's Civil War Heartland Leaders Trail, visitors interested in Civil War history can experience these stories of culture, crisis and courage. The Trail is the result of the collaborative efforts of several northeast Georgia counties, communities, historical attractions and museums. Four years ago, they formed Georgia's Civil War Heartland Leaders Trail, a non-profit organization to develop and publicize the region's heritage resources.