My articles on the capture of Jefferson Davis and the Union settlement of Fitzgerald, first published online at the New Georgia Encyclopedia, were recently published in The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion, edited by John Inscoe. The book, which is a collaboration between the Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press, can be purchased through UGA Press or Amazon.
Brian Brown is a historian, architectural and documentary photographer, and author from Fitzgerald, Georgia.
Milton N. Hopkins, Jr., author of IN ONE PLACE: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A GEORGIA FARMER, was one of the first people to encourage his writing. At 16 he began publishing observations on the birdlife of southern Georgia in THE ORIOLE, the state ornithological journal. While working on his high school newspaper, he interviewed Erskine Caldwell, legendary Georgia author of TOBACCO ROAD and GOD'S LITTLE ACRE. At Young Harris College, in 1989, he received the Danforth Bearse Memorial Poetry Prize for work in the CORN CREEK REVIEW.
He earned a BA Degree in History from Flannery O'Connor's Alma Mater, Georgia College (Now Georgia College & State University) in 1992. He has published extensively on Georgia history, with a concentration on the flight of the Confederate executive branch in 1865. He spent three years with the Department of Natural Resources at Irwinville, Georgia, site of Jefferson Davis' capture by Union troops. He was instrumental in modernizing and documenting primary sources at the time of the state's reacquisition of the property from Irwin County.
His poems appear in over 50 journals and anthologies. In 2008 he received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, one of the largest independent literary prizes in the United States.
Presently, he is focused on documenting, through photography, the endangered vernacular architecture and culture of South Georgia. His work may be viewed at vanishingsouthgeorgia.com.
Commercial usage fees vary and are determined on a case-by-case basis. I'm willing to work within the constraints of your budget.
Location scouting fees vary as well, but in general: $75/hr within a 60-mile radius of Savannah, Georgia; $100/hr elsewhere. Travel and overnight lodging are extra and must be arranged in advance.
Most images on Vanishing South Georgia are available as 8x10s and start as low as $50/image.
Lecture fees begin at $500, but again, I'm willing to work within the limitations of your budget.
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