Clayton County History
The Civil War Era
Clayton County was the site of heavy fighting during the
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
Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind," placed Scarlett OHaras 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".
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