Category Archives: Civil War

Detour: Ulysses S. Grant Home

This blog may be called The Southerly, but from the moment we started it I knew we’d be posting about a few of the places we travel to outside the South. And from the start I knew I had to post about Galena, the tiny town in Illinois where my family comes from and where […]

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Fort Pulaski

In 2012 a straight-to-video zombie movie was filmed at Georgia’s Fort Pulaski, and for a few days the grounds were full of local extras in costume, wandering around with dead eyes and outstretched arms. I felt kind of like them when I was at Fort Pulaski a few months ago. It was the last day […]

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Casulon Plantation

Charred and crumbling and obscured by trees, the shell of Casulon Plantation looks as if it’s been falling down for the last one hundred years. When I first saw photos of it I figured that the old house had been a Civil War casualty, or maybe just a Windsor Ruins-like victim of an accidental fire, […]

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Ponder House

The twin monuments in Ponder Cemetery are almost startling to come across when you’re driving along Fairplay Rd. in Morgan County, Georgia. From a distance they look like they don’t belong: tall gothic spires jutting out of rolling fields and farmland. It’s hard to make sense of them until you see the much smaller gravestones […]

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