Update on the Ringgold Depot Flag Dispute

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The Ringgold Depot is on Nashville Street in Ringgold, Ga.
Photo by Angela Lewis Foster, retrieved from timesfreepress.com

It appears the nine year dispute over the Confederate Battle Flag will have to wait a little bit longer. Superior Court Judge Kristina Cooke Graham pushed the case scheduled for today back to November 4. According to Ray McBerry, Division Commander of the Georgia SCV, a definitive reason for the delay has not been established. It appears to be more of the same in the ongoing saga.  Continue reading

Renovating the Ringgold Depot

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My memories of the depot are limited to the very recent. I cannot tell you very much about the depot’s use in the 1970s or 80s. I’d imagine it saw a brief spur of attention in the 1960s around the time the infamous “General” made its return trip to Kennesaw, bringing the locomotive through Ringgold once again. I’m hoping some visitors of the blog might be able to pen their own memories of the depot, filling out the narrative. That being said, I can provide some personal insight for the depot in the 1990s. I should know, I spent a lot of my childhood right across the street from it.

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The Ol’ Ringgold Depot

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I thought the best way to start this series was by providing a brief history of the depot. This will allow the a reader a brief glimpse into the past to see some of the development of Ringgold and its depot. I am hoping to also demonstrate that the town is anything but a secluded entity in the mountains of Appalachia. It was, and very much is today, connected to the markets around it including those of the deep South. Additionally, due to the town’s natural geography, Ringgold developed as a crossroads and what many call a “gateway” to Georgia. It is this gateway that helped bring Ringgold its commerce, its depot and eventually, the Civil War. Continue reading

“Six Year Flag Dispute in Ringgold to be Heard in Court”

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(H/T) to David Tatum for bringing this to my attention.  For those of you that do not know, back in the early 2000s community leaders renovated the historic depot in Ringgold, Georgia. Part of these renovations included a memorial to the men/boys who left the depot to fight in the Civil War. Additionally, the memorial commemorates the Battle of Ringgold Gap. Adding to the luster, renovators constructed two flags in front of the depot: 1, a U.S. flag in remembrance of Gen. Joseph Hooker and the Union soldiers; and 2, a Confederate flag in reverence to Patrick Cleburne and his Confederates.

Photo taken before all renovations were completed

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Can the South Remain Standing?

The South won’t have to rise again…just remain standing, while the rest of America falls.

This quote has appeared time and time again on numerous Facebook pages and blogs of “True Southrons.” It appeared most recently at the echo chamber of fiction southern romance novel writer, Connie Chastain. Usually I just scoff at such statements, they being what they are. This morning however, I found myself thinking about this quote from a different perspective. Could the South remain standing, or will it be part of the problem that causes America to “fall?” Continue reading