Southbound

Sam Rauschenberg
A 10th generation Southerner exploring overlooked stories of the South and wrestling with how they affect us today.
Created 10 Apr 2021
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  • Welcome to Calhoun | Land of the Cherokee?
    10 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Wilson Lumpkin. Lumpkin County. George Gilmer. Gilmer County. John C. Calhoun. Town of Calhoun. Over the last year as I learned the stories behind the Cherokee Nation’s expulsion from Georgia, I notic...
  • An Unlikely Time for a Memorial to Racial Injustice
    26 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    On a warm May afternoon, Georgia’s governor gave a somber address dedicating a site that memorialized a century-old injustice to a people of color. Not far from where he stood, the military had forced...
  • When Georgia Persecuted Christian Missionaries
    11 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 4 2
    “If I suffer in consequence of continuing to preach the gospel and diffuse the written word of God among this people, I trust that I shall be sustained by a conscience void of offence, and by the anti...
  • The Inevitable Expulsion
    28 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 5
    I first visited the New Echota State Historic Site in Northwest Georgia on a field trip in elementary school, a twenty-minute ride down I-75 from the town of Dalton where I grew up. Like most school-a...
  • Making Sense of Cherokee Expulsion from My Homeland
    24 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 4
    In the late 1830’s, American troops drove 16,000 Cherokees from their homeland, which is now my homeland, to the Oklahoma territory 1,200 miles away. A fourth of them died on the way. And yet, this hi...
  • Launching Southbound
    21 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    At first pass, the word “southbound” communicates movement in a direction, pointing toward the part of America where I’ve lived my whole life. The South is a beautiful yet broken place where the way w...
  • Remembering Human Dignity at the Lincoln Memorial
    20 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    My son, Hudson, and I spent last weekend monument and museum hopping in Washington, D.C. Each place teemed with activity as we all come out of our COVID-19 shells to travel again. Late Saturday aftern...
  • Would we have Coca-Cola without the Civil War’s final battle?
    04 May 2021 • 2 min read
    Two weeks ago, I shared the story of the Civil War’s final battle, the Battle of Columbus, and how a freed slave named Horace King had designed and built the bridge that enabled Union troops to easily...
  • Horace King’s Bridge and the Last Battle of the Civil War
    17 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    On a family camping trip in Southwest Georgia last week, we stopped in Columbus for a brief history detour. Until Googling before the trip, I didn’t know (or had forgotten) that the last major militar...
  • Confederate General Johnston’s Latest “Masterful Retreat”
    07 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    While the media focuses on controversies surrounding Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, something commendable flew under the radar in her Georgia House district early Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Dalton ...
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