Books & Essays
The Dodge Land Troubles, 1868-1923
2004 (co-authored with Chris Trowell)
The Dodge Land Troubles, 1868-1923, is a history book which contains articles from newspapers in the three-rivers area of the State of Georgia. It is the result of over fifty years of research. These articles, some published in the 1830s, tell the history of the Dodge family?s timber depletion during their 55-year tenure in the counties of Telfair, Dodge, Pulaski, Laurens, and Montgomery, a 500-square-mile area of longleaf yellow pine timber, some of which was several hundred years old.
This book records the history upon which the historical novel Widow of Sighing Pines is based. They are ?companion books.?
Book Review #1:
?This is a daring and comprehensive telling of a story almost lost to us. Only the graveyards and the destroyed forests bear witness to the gigantic loss of the Dodge wars. To know our past is to know who we are. I read this fascinating history with great interest and no small degree of grief for my homeland and my people. The inclusion of newspaper accounts, legal documents, and oral histories add to the power of this fine and long-awaited book. It is a gripping story, well-told.? Janisse Ray
Widow of Sighing Pines