Clayton County History

The Civil War Era

Clayton County was the site of heavy fighting during the Civil War.  After the battles of Rough and Ready and Jonesboro, the Confederate armies were forced to evacuate the area.  General Sherman then began his "March to the Sea" in late 1864.

Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind," placed Scarlett O’Hara’s beloved Tara at a fictional location in Clayton County. Much of the action of her work is based on historical events which she found on record at the old Clayton County Courthouse in Jonesboro.  Herb Bridges is the leading "authority" on GWTW and has the worlds largest collection of GWTW memorabilia.  He has authored 5 books in re GWTW - the last one is entitled "The Three-Day Premiere in Atlanta".

Last updated Monday, October 10, 2005

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