Orig. pub. Atlanta 1932. Reprinted 1978, 1988. Print on Demand Edition 2018. iv, 269 pp. + illus., new index. Item #164
Charlton County, Georgia, was formed by Legislative act in 1854 from a portion of Camden County, the most southern coastal area of Georgia. This volume has extensive treatment of the problems of the early settlers as they were caught under the pressure of the struggles among the British, Spanish, and the Indians over the territory. It is one of the rare books with some attention paid to the Spanish missions along the Georgia coast. The author's lurid narrative style makes this history one of the more engaging of its kind. His knowledge of the Okefenokee area and its people was extensive. A chapter is devoted to towns which have disappeared including Trader's Hill, the first seat of government in Charlton County. McQueen's eye was for both the relevant and entertaining aspects of history. His treatment of incidents from Indian massacres to the spectacle of "fist and skull" fights in the turpentine camps imparts a realistic flavor to this book. There are pages devoted to the development of the community politically and economically. The book contains lists of county officers, Civil War rolls, World War I lists and abounds in Civil War stories. The book is a gold mine of genealogical data containing sketches of some 200 families, all thoroughly indexed in an every-name index prepared for this reprint edition.