A marker now commemorates the only site in Georgia where African-American soldiers fought during the Civil War. On October 13, 1864, 800 black Federal troops were poised to defend Fort Hill in Dalton from 40,000 advancing Confederates. Heavily outnumbered, they surrendered with tragic results. Southern troops executed many of them, and re-enslaved others.
Travel industry experts credit a rebounding economy and the BP oil spill with a prediction for more Georgia travelers Labor Day weekend. AAA says, 921,000 Georgians, or about seven percent more than last year, will take a holiday trip this year. Tybee Island tourism officials say, hotels and home rentals on Tybee Island already have seen the tourism increase.
Delta Airlines officials say, they'll keep flights to coastal Brunswick, but need more customers to make them profitable. Local officials met with company representatives recently to talk about the city's three-daily, five-day-a-week flights. Local officials consider their airline connection with Atlanta a lifeline for business and tourism.
The city has been playing catch up to Charleston, since the South Carolina port started getting cruise ship tourism earlier this year. The city is splitting the cost of a cruise ship feasibility study with the state and the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The interim City Manager said the study should take 3-6 months to complete.
The sale of more than 20,000 acres on the coast comes while the resort and land development company seeks to restructure itself. Brunswick's largest employer faces massive debt after pursuing luxury customers just before the recession hit.