Lightning Slinger of Andersonville

Lightning Slinger of Andersonville

by Paul B. Dunn
     
 

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After the Civil War, railroads were built to link the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the reunited nation. South of the Mason-Dixon line, work gangs were either Negro or Irish. The O’Dunn family was employed for three generations as Trackmen that built or maintained the railroad. Teddie O’Dunn was a telegrapher-depot agent, or “lightning

Overview

After the Civil War, railroads were built to link the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the reunited nation. South of the Mason-Dixon line, work gangs were either Negro or Irish. The O’Dunn family was employed for three generations as Trackmen that built or maintained the railroad. Teddie O’Dunn was a telegrapher-depot agent, or “lightning slinger.” He learned telegraphy at the knee of a kindly woman agent-operator at the Central of Georgia Railroad Depot. Sixty miles southeast of Anderson-ville was a Colony City, Fitzgerald. Teddie went to Fitzgerald to work as a lightning slinger on the railroad connecting the new town to Atlanta and Florida. His family admonished him to have no association with Yankee girls that paraded the sidewalks of Fitzgerald. But Teddie was lightning struck, so to speak, by a small bundle of charm, the granddaughter of a Calvary man in General Sherman’s army. Their trials, tribulations and heartaches through their years fill this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013325487
Publisher:
ThomasMax Publishing
Publication date:
06/12/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
228
File size:
434 KB

Meet the Author

Describing Paul Dunn is rather complex. He has worn many “hats” so to speak. He was the fourth child of a northern mother and a southern father, becoming the only one to survive to adulthood. Born in 1929, he arrived with the Great Depression of that fateful year. The South Georgia town of Fitzgerald, settled by Northern Civil War Veterans late in the nineteenth century, which became a railroad terminal, cotton mill and sawmill enclave, offered many interesting street characters, stores, cafes and “Honkie Tonks”. The town soon swelled to a population of ten thousand souls, which worked hard all week and played hard on pay day, and crowded the sidewalks, alleys and streets from noon on Saturday until the wee hours of Sunday am. Paul learned to walk on these well worn sidewalks, knew every nook and corner of the town, he experienced more changes, saw more people come and go, more wars fought, and more stories of adventure and romance told in the 76 years he spent railroading, sawmilling, cattle trading, house building, not to mention hunting and fishing adventures. A quadruple bypass heart surgery recently opened the door to a new adventure, now with pen in hand he is trying to recapture his colorful memories on paper, for generations to come, having recently written an award winning short story.

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