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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:United States / Civil War Period
  • Language:English
  • Pages:780
  • eBook ISBN:9780615536699

Stone Mountain: The Granite Sentinel

by George D.N. Coletti

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Historical novel about Georgia, the old South and Stone mountain during the Civil War.
Buck Jernigan, his wife Betty Gail and their twins, Norman and Polly, live in the small hamlet of Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Civil War reshapes their environment from a thriving tourist and granite Mecca to a war-ravaged county. Although the Jernigans are pro-Union their family becomes entangled in the horrors of the Civil War. Norman transforms from a boy into a man as he attends Georgia Military Institute and shoulders his first musket as a solider on Civil War battlefields from Resaca to Savannah in defense of his beloved state. Polly elopes to Savannah with pro-Union Congressman Joshua Hill’s son, Legare. As the wife of a soldier she brews herbal medicine for the hospital in Savannah and ultimately faces the terror of an occupied city without her husband. From July 18th through November 16th of 1864 Union troops raid farms, destroy homes, and burn the City buildings of Stone Mountain. They leave the depot, the water tank and the railroad tracks in ruins with little Confederate opposition. With only forty men left in town by mid-1864, the odds are not in their favor. But with every great challenge, there must rise great men to defend their land and their beliefs. During a time of great change throughout the nation one family plays its part in the great war around them, forever to be changed themselves. The book has 637 endnotes.
About the author
George Coletti grew up in the shadow of Stone Mountain and is recognized as the city historian. His grandparents were the last owner of the Wayside Inn which was built in 1835 by Andrew Johnson, the founding father of Stone Mountain. George attended Stone Mountain Elementary School and graduated from Georgia Military College High School in 1957 and their Junior College in 1959. He received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Georgia in 1961. After serving two years in the 82nd Airborne, he attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry receiving his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry in 1967. He is the author of many historical articles dealing with the history of Stone Mountain and the Civil War era in particular. He and his wife, Susan Spickerman Coletti, currently reside in Stone Mountain, Georgia..