Georgia Trivia

Who doesn’t like a good game of trivia? The Digital Library of Georgia is home to a wealth of answers to interesting, educational, and sometimes useless Georgia trivia. How many can you get right without clicking on the links?

The Oldest City in Georgia in 1734

What is the oldest city in Georgia?   Answer

Which American president spent his boyhood in Augusta, Georgia?   Answer

Why was there no September 3rd, 1752 in Georgia?  Answer

First Woman to Serve in the Senate

The first woman to serve in the United States Senate was from Georgia and spent only one day in office. Name that Georgian.   Answer

For what natural resource is the city of Dahlonega famous?  Answer

Ford Green, Ralph Long Jr., and Lawrence Michael Williams were the first African American students to integrate what university in Georgia?  Answer

Biggest Battle in Georgia History

Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb was a native of what city? Answer

What was the biggest battle fought in Georgia during the Civil War?  Answer

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What Happened to Anna?

Last entry from the transcription of Anna Fannie Gorham's diary.

Archives hold mysteries waiting for the curious to come along and solve. One of these can iphone 6 replacement screen be found in the diary of Anna Fannie Gorham, a young woman living in Hamilton at the beginning of the Civil War.

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Anna describes her life with entries on visiting her sisters, reading, mending and courtship.

Her diary is found in the Anna Fannie Gorham Diary Collection at Columbus State University Archives in Columbus, Ga.

Beginning on Monday, December 30, 1861, the diary presents a cloudy view of Anna’s life. It often makes oblique references, in one case mentioning only “the surprise.”

It is also, underneath the cloudiness, attentive and funny. On January 12, 1862, Anna went to a prayer meeting at the Methodist church: “Col. Mobley got up to make some remarks and Lucy Gibbs got up and left.”

Another entry describes an argument involving gunfire, ending in the arrest of a “Mr. McinTyer.” She says, “Bud locked him up in his office a while and then brought him home with him to dinner.”

Anna was smitten with her sister’s step-son, Wes Murphey, who “told me he loved me better than any one else, that he had a perfect fancy for a small lady, he did not like these overgrown girls.” After a two-year courtship, Anna became disillusioned with Capt. Murphey, recording that she sent him “a note to wound his feelings if possible. He is not the man I thought he was. he (sic) drinks very hard.”

Four days later the diary ends abruptly: “This morning the Dr. called (came) again.”

Was Anna overtaken by illness? Did she die of a broken heart? Or was the remainder of her diary simply lost  in the hardship of the coming years?

Anna’s mysterious diary is included in the Digital Library of Georgia. Perhaps an historian, or maybe just some inquisitive person, may stumble across her diary one day and wish to find answers to the questions it raises.

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