Murder in Georgia

MURDER IN GEORGIA is a fictionalized account of the story of my father's family as it was told to me by my father when I was a child.  There is a man named William Thomas Ratchford buried in the cemetary of a small church in Clover, South Carolina.  He was born in 1722 and died in 1802.  He was given a plot of land on the southern border of North Carolina by the King of England for the services he rendered to England as a soldier in the French and Indian war.  His children were born between 1740 and 1770.  By the time the Civil war erupted, four generations of his offspring populated a region that stretched from the mountains of north Georgia to Gastonia, North Carolina.  My father was born in the Ozark mountains of north Arkansas in 1919, the youngest of 10 children.  His grandfather was named William Thomas Ratchford.  He was known in the community as "The Old Rebel" and it was common knowledge that he would not permit anyone to wear the color blue in his home.  MURDER IN GEORGIA tells his story, that is the story of our family in the years leading up to and immediately following the War Between the States.  It is a story of a family of southern aristocracy and their neighbors, of their struggle to hold on to their way of life and their ultimate descent into poverty, misery and degradation and the way they reacted toward those they felt responsible for that descent.  It's a story of love, hate, of villans and heroes, crime and punishment, war and peace; where the lines between the good guys and the bad guys are blurred and sometimes hard to distinguish.  The characters and locations are all fictional, but the historical events of those troubled times are as accurate as good research can permit them to be.  Civil war enthusiasts will enjoy seeing aspects of the war and the battles come to life through the eyes of Bill Rollins, later to be known as "The Old Rebel".