December 11, 1944
"Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" singer Brenda Lee was born in Atlanta.
December 10th /63
Mrs M L Underwood
My Dear Mother
I feel thankful that Kind Providence has again spared me though [through – sic] annother [sic] battle + that I am once more permitted to write to a kind + affectionate mother. whose prayrs [sic] has been offered up in my behalf that He would protect me from the dangers of the Battle field. Indeed I feel as though your prayrs [sic] had been heard How Thankful should I be after passing through six hard fought Battles that I am still alive
Well Ma I was very glad to receive your letters + to hear that your health had improved My health is very good at this time. I am getting along very well considering the cold weather There is not talk of Building Winter Quarters yet We do know that the winter campaign is over yet I think we will build again by Christmas. You wrote that you would like to send me some clothing as soon as you could I do not know of any way of sending them not untill [sic] next month I know you think that I am suffering I no doubt fare a great deal better than you think I do you also wrote that Pa still spoke of coming out I would be glad to see him out at anytime but I do not want him to come unless his health will permit. I will write to him when we are in Winter Quarters He will not be so expose [sic] then. I wrote to you and him for such articles as I needed in addition I will say that you may send another bed quilt an old one that will last me during the winter. For the want of time I am compelled to bring my letter to a close Give my love to all Relatives + friends to Gran Ma [sic] + except [sic] the love of your son
W. J. Underwood
FROM THE COLLECTION
Street banner from Nelson Mandela’s visit to Atlanta in 1990. During his tour, Mandela visited the tomb of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., met with civil rights leaders at Big Bethel AME Church, and spoke at Morehouse College and Georgia Tech.
Camp of Doles Brigade
Near Mortens ford
December 10th 1863
Miss Famie [Fannie – sic] Underwood
Your kind and welcomed letter came to hand by yesterday mail which letter I was glad to receive as I had been looking for a letter from home for some time
I have but little news to write you at this time The weather is very cold here and has been for some time Probably you have heard and this the particulars of our fighting in Va on the 1st inst. Gen Meade came over on our side of the River but was meet by Gen Lee who was expecting him. We were in our proper places waiting his arrival. He attacked a portion of our army our Brigade was in the engagement we fought the enemy in the night which was desperate I dislike to fight at any time but nigh [sic] fighting is the most dangerous. We were in line of Battle for 4 days + nights + suffered very much from cold still our troop were very anxious for the fight but old Mead did not come where our main army was as he saw that we were two well fortified for him. He has retreated back to his former position without fighting us but very little.
Well Fannie I reckon you are tired of reading such news I know I am of writing as war news had become to be so common
Mr John Gay of my Regt came in from home a few weeks past + delivered me a few messages from home of the young Ladies in Lithonia which was very flattering and + complementary
You stated that Lithonia was very dill + lonsome [sic] looking. I imagine it is very much so it would to me as a strange place all together you also wrote me that Mr Swift was going to move to Covington you will regret the loss I know such kind friends + neighbors as He + his family has proved to be. You will plese [sic] tender to them kindest regards + best wishes for their welfare
I have been looking a letter from Alvin for some time but have not received any letter from as yet I wrote to him about 3 weeks ago I am compelled to suspend writing on account of cold weather it is so that I can scarecly [sic] write at all. I want you to write to me soon and let me hear from you all Give my respects to all enquiring friends + Relatives + tell them to write Tell Jamy Marion + Cornelia I will write to them as soon as I have an opportunity No more I remain your Brother
Did Aunt Mab receive my letter? W J U
Atlanta’s Equitable Building, located on the corner of Pryor Street and Edgewood Avenue, was the tallest high-rise in Atlanta when it was completed in 1892. The building was demolished in 1971 to make way for the Trust Company of Georgia Building Plaza. Recently, three columns from the historic structure were moved to the Atlanta History Center for permanent display. A gift of Miami-based America’s Capital Partners, the columns were moved from the plaza at 100 Peachtree. Each column weighs approximately 27,500 lbs and had to be supported with steel framing before being moved. Another grouping of columns from the old Equitable Building can still be found downtown at 25 Park Place near Woodruff Park.
Behind-the-scenes look at the Boxwood Garden at the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House during filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Over 200 feet of buffet tables were constructed for this scene at President Snow’s mansion.
In the practical application of electricity, as in everything else, Atlanta leads the South. No other city can boast of so large a proportion of elegant residences lighted, nor so many stores and offices made luminous by electricity.
When asked how Atlanta’s historic Swan House could have a role in a science fiction film like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Elizabeth Banks (Effie) explained, “We’re imagining a future world, but we are basing it on places from the past. You can really imagine that it would survive through hundreds of years of turmoil.”
Well Effie, we’re here to reassure you that Swan House will survive for hundreds of years if the staff at the Atlanta History Center has anything to do with it. ; )