December 7, 1946
119 people died when Atlanta’s “fireproof” Winecoff Hotel caught fire.
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. ; )
So far The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has made an estimated $572,956,317 worldwide! That means nearly 70 million people have seen the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House on the big screen! Take a tour!
Atlanta Ga Dec 2th 1863
I received a letter yesterday from you, by Mr. Jones I suppose it has been here some time. it was dated the 17th. you need not send them to Goodson’s care for he never sends them to me. Mr Sasseen always gets them from the Atlanta Hotel. Mr. S. is very forgetful + if I do not happen to ask him – even when he has one in his pocket he never thinks of it. Mr. G. asked Mr P. if I had got the letter that was there several days ago, + looked in the box saw it was gone. Mr P. told me of it. I started right off to Sasseens. he was not at home, so Mr P. saw him the next day (yesterday) + got it + gave it to Ma late yesterday evening. You had better direct them as formerly to Sasseens care. And as to the men you send them by coming up here they never do that. it is too far + if they are on their way home they are anxious to be going though if they should come I assure you I would show them all the respect I could. Well Johny I have well nigh given up all hope of seeing you this winter. no doubt Capt Mount’s health will not admit of his returning before spring. as to his over staying his time he got off so well before he does not fear the consequences again. perhaps I judge too harshly but indeed he does not appear he has interest of the Co at heart, though I hope he has now returned. I am very anxious to see you but I do not wish you to sacrifice any thing. if you should leave I fear when you returned you would not get the place you now have + I want you to have it as long as possible. I suppose harden will not come in before spring. surely Col Coleman will allow you something more than Lt’s pay for the time you have filled the place since Capt M’s death. I should make application for it. harden surely can not claim it when he has not been sworn in + has never filled the place + I suppose Capt Sam drew all that was due Capt George. tell me in your next how this matter is. Col C. will surely pay you
something more. your family need it + you deserve it. I intend to call on Goodson again + see if he will not furnish me with some meat. I think he might give me a little assistance now. sometimes I feel bad to think I have no means. very true I helped to buy some wood also the flour we have. I paid a good deal on it besides I draw 10.50 pr month but what is that now. were it now for what is coming to Ma we would be in a bad fix + then we do not have to buy any flour. prices are still upward. meal $10.00, sweet potatoes 8.00, irish – 14.00 tallow 3.00 pr sack eggs $4.00 pr dozen pork 2.00 pr lb, though we have only paid 1.28 yet, dry goods I do not know much about as I never buy any. shoes are beyond the reach of may. they are $40.00 to 60.00 +c. Ma got a pair of common calf skin shoes from Deviny for $40.00. he asked me $25.00 some tome ago to make Hettie a pair lined + bound. it is awful to think of such prices yet we have managed to get along. Ma has taken out her bank stock. she was in hopes you would be at home + give her some advice before she invested it in anything. Sasseen advises her to lay it out in Sugar + soda + put it in Parrott’s grocery to sell. Sasseen + P. are in partnership. he will open with the new year. Jeny Mr P + Lulu Parrott were down here this evening. Jeny brought Ma a cup of oysters. I wish you had been here to have eat them with us. Scott + many others are leaving Calhoun. You did not say a word about Johnston leaving you + taking Braggs place. I suppose though you have heard it. Why have you moved to Brandon? I guess the troops in Miss will not come up this way. Billy has gone + taken Fany with him. she said she was going to her fathers but I guess she will go to Salisbury. she has been in the hospitals here. she was very badly fixed, although she said they gave $40.00 pr month. I am very glad Lizzy replied to your letter. hope you will write again. she has not answered my last letter. I was so glad to hear your health was good. we are tolerable well. Ma’s cough has troubled her a good deal for a day or two on account of getting in the wet. my health is good. I have one of my bad colds yesterday + today I believe I am as rosy as usual. as to the flesh there is no difference. I weighed 95 the other day + Jeny 105 + today she weighed 100. I suppose you received my last letter in this time. it was directed to Meridian. you did not tell me how to direct my letters now. Have you heard from any of the friends lately? I have not and never expect to any more. Mrs Morrison has moved to her house next to us. Mr Bone has moved.
Grandma asked Hettie this evening where her Pa was. She said gone to Sippi [sic]. what has he gone there for? to shoot the Ankee [sic]. Rev Sneed has gone to the Yankees took of an old negro woman of Wyatt also a pocketbook containing notes given to Wyatt by Sneed to the amt of $3000.00 three thousand dollars also some silver. this is the way the world goes.Well Johny I could not help looking for you Christmas. when I would look up the road I would wonder if I would see you coming + at night I would say what if Johny comes knocking at the door before day but alas I have been dissapointed [sic]. I will bear it patiently still hoping you will be here after awhile. it is as long now since I saw you as it has been any time since you went in service + somehow I thought maybe you would be here. Well cine when you can. we are very anxious to see you + hope the time is not far distant when we will have you around our fireside. would that we could keep you but alas we can not. war decrees otherwise. many are the lonely firesides tonight. many are the familys [sic] deprived of their protectors. many are the fatherless children + widows + Heaven only knows when they will get bread. the wind whistles around + through many a comfortable + cheerless cabin. alas that such a state of things shoudl exist in this once peaceful and plentiful land. when will it cease. when will our brothers husbands + sons be returned to us + we be allowed to pursue our duties in peace. God speed the time – Well I have not much to write today has been very disagreeable rainy cold + muddy + tonight still rainy. I must close. good night my dear husband. may heavens choicest blessings be yours. remember us when you pray. Write me soon. my love to Joseph P.
Your loving + devoted wife Julia
I forgot to say Griffin has not yet paid me. I intend to visit him in company with Sasseen + see if he will not pay me.
New years gift I hope you will bring me your own dear self. Jeny Parrott Ma + all send their love to you + would be glad to see you.
Camp Bowen, Near Meridian Miss.
Nov 28th 1863
My Dear Julia,
Yours of the 24th is just received. Truly glad to hear from you and so glad to hear that you was all well. I thought I stated to you in one of the letters I sent you about the letter + shirt by Lt Moss. Yes I received them for which please accept my sincere thanks. I am much obliged to you for your kind letters, the speaking tokens of Love + affection so I will try this evening to answer all at once. When I think how some women are doing I feel proud that I have a virtuous discreet Woman to call Wife, that I can place implicet confidence and no unpleasant fears in my absence. And your mind would be ready to think that I might not be what I pretended to be, but I am glad that such thoughts were soon banished. I expect to all ways to be the same unless something should occur more than I have any idea of at this time. I am sorry I did not call on Mrs. Williams. Tell her when I get a Furlough + get home I will call + see her + be pleased to have her company back as far as Meridian. Where is her Husband? I will make an application for Furlough as soon as Capt Mount + Fisher returns, and will try + get you a nice Basket. The Indians make a great many but the Soldiers buy them as fast as they are made. I am fearful they will refuse to give me a furlough as I am acting as q m. Julia it is foolish to make any efforts to get the poition of a q m. as Col. has allready given it to Harden + it is sent up to the War Department. The Col makes such appointments himself as the q m. is his chief of staff + alone with the Col to make such appointmnts. Sometimes the Government fills these vacancies with a q m’s that have no place of duty assigned them and have a commission all ready. Now if one of that Character is not sent Harden will get it, and as regards a Sutler none but disabled or discharged soldiers are allowed such positions. So my only chance is in the ranks as Lt. and if my Capt would stay with the Company I would have an easy position. Only a little dangerous in action but I have all that to risk I have been blessed before and perhaps I may escape, but it looks dangerous in Battle but God can turn the Bullets + save life he sees fit in his mercy. Our Officers have been vry fortunate. Only 5 was wounded at Chickamauga + only one Died. We have some fears that we will have to go to Genl Bragg again as we hear that they are fighting again and that Bragg has to fall back. I hope he will get help enough without calling on Genl Johnson for help. We have got our Cabins all made and are quite comfortable. Lt Moss + my self have a Cabin 14 by 16 a good chimney and evry thing looks comfortable. if I only had a Ladies Dress or some dressing belonging to a Lady to hang up arround my bed to make it look like home — and make me have pleasant Dreams it would look better, but I suppose will have to still live as a Bachelor. We get as many Sweet Potatoes as we can eat we can buy them at $1 — $2 pr Bus. much cheaper than you can get them – I hope when I get home I can make some arrangement to get some wood up the Road + have it brought down on the Rail Road.
I wish I was at home I could get Billy to go with me and I could perhaps get a Milk cow + we could drive her down. Fisher + Mount will return about the 9 or 10 Decr. so I hope to be able to spend Christmas with you and Celerbrate your birth day together, and have the pleasure of enjoying each other society for a few weeks and perhaps some of your old Lady friends one in particular might happen to favor you with another visit. If so I will be on my P + q’s, + try and please her. I hope Ma + the Children are all well. I would be so well pleased to get home + find you all well, and in good spirits. I will finish this in the Morning as our Potatoes are done and I must stop to eat my supper. Sunday Morning 29th. The weather is quite cool this morning and I feel like sitting around the fire to day. last Sabbath the Lords supper was administered to the soldiers of this Brigade it was quite an interesting scene. Their was a great many present, Genl Ector was one of the Elders to offitiate it looked so imposeing to see the hardly veterans acknowledging to the world that thy was not ashamed to own Jesus Christ as their Lord, and that thy wer soldiers of the cross. Their is a great many religious men in this Brigade. You spoke of haveing a braking out similar to the camp Itch. get some pulverized Sulphur and take about a Tablespoon full. 3 times a day. get some simple sirep and anoint with it, and keep out of the wet any thing to purify the blood is good for it. I have not had any symtoms since I had them severe boils. I havent any thing else to write that would interest you write as often as you can. give my best Respects to Billy Love to Ma + the children compliments to all the friends Good morning Dear Julia.
Your Devoted Husband
J. M. Davidson
I am writing to A T D to day. I understand Logan is Elected to Congress.