In 1776, three Georgians – Lyman Hall, George Walton, and Button Gwinnett – signed the Declaration of independence. Each lives on, most notably through the counties that bear their surnames. When you visit the Georgia State Capitol, you can see the marble bust of each one in the rotunda.
What do we know about Button Gwinnett? It’s been written that Gwinnett is great, success lives there, and in at least one Gwinnett city, everyone is somebody. However, unlike his co-signers from the thirteenth colony, Gwinnett wasn’t even born here – he was an immigrant – and he died in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh in May of 1777 following a disagreement over securing Georgia’s southern border. Gwinnett wanted to invade Florida; McIntosh disagreed and asserted that Gwinnett’s scheme was politically motivated. (Maybe it would have been easier to just build a fence?)
Revolutionary-era immigrants who died in a duel with a political rival are kind of a thing right now – perhaps I’ve mentioned it? – so it only stands to reason that our man Bilbo Giblin Button Gwinnett is ready for his turn in the spotlight. It took a South Carolinian and a New Yorker (and a beat-boxing New Orleanian) to get the job done, and for that, we raise a glass to Stephen Colbert and Lin-Manuel Miranda for their one-song musical. Ladies, prepare to defend thine Button-holes:
It’s Thanksgiving Eve Eve! Do you know what you’re cooking? Here are some ideas:
- Cornbread dressing: Scott Peacock’s version is the one that comes closest to my Mississippi grandmother’s recipe. Don’t hold back with the turkey stock, and for the love of all things holy, don’t make it with Jiffy cornbread mix.
- Oyster dressing: Because double the dressing, double the fun! I prefer the version with French bread, because that’s what my Louisiana grandmother made.
- Talkin’ turkey: Those crazy Yankees at America’s Test Kitchen will never, ever steer you wrong. (Except maybe now that Chris Kimball has left the building, Anonymous will pull off some kind of catastrophic Thanksgiving Day hack and we’ll all be left flailing in puddles of savory turkey brine.)
- Even the military likes NPR’s Susan Stamberg’s mother-in-law’s cranberry relish.
- Rely on Miss Manners when your drunk uncle (Drunkle!) starts talking about Trump.
Now, as Thomas Jefferson so sagely said, can we get back to politics? (Please? – James Madison)
Today in Hamilton, we visit the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. Listen closely so it will make sense when your three cousins start arguing about which one of them is the Peggy. Work!
If Charlie asks nicely, he may borrow the cardboard ViewMaster thingy that came with my Sunday New York Times.
IRS may try – again – to use private debt collectors to collect back taxes.
$53 million in tax dollars spent on “paid patriotism?” God bless America, INDEED.
Tybee Island likes Ike, Jr., their newest litter-fighting ambassador.
State officials are concerned about the impact of poverty on children in south Georgia.
Second runner dies following the Savannah Rock & Roll Marathon.
Twenty years of consolidated government in Augusta-Richmond County.
Spaghetti Junction through the years.
If politicians had man buns.
Hamilton! The Founding Father without a father! If you have yet to welcome Alexander Hamilton into your life, this is a great place to start.