TIMELINE


1863 - 1865

The Battle of Chickamauga, a major battle in the Civil War, takes place in Walker County, GA, where the Union suffers a loss. Later lead by General William T. Sherman, the Union will cut a path through Georgia, from Atlanta all the way to Savannah.

Sometime after Chickamauga, a group of men who have served under then General James A. Garfield, will come back through the area.  In the process, a skirmish occurs between a small group of soldiers that ends with James Rankin (of the Union) stabbing Henry Cozart (of the Confederacy) in the head with his saber.  While the facts of the incident our only known to the soldiers involved, the story becomes a legend in the area and will one day be portrayed on the town’s seal.

 

"Battle of Chickamauga" By Kurz & Allison - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1484303

"Battle of Chickamauga" By Kurz & Allison - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1484303


1865 - 1882

James Rankin returns to the area, along with three of his fellow soldiers: Nathaniel Wheeler, Patrick McMillon, and William Lovett.   Legend has it that James fell in love with a girl in the area while travelling through. James Rankin and this would eventually marry and start a family.  His friends would do so as well, starting what would later be called "The Founding Families."

Using their contacts from up North, the four men would begin to integrate with the community, not without some difficulty, and help people rebuild the area into a functioning town.  After the assassination of President James A. Garfield in 1881, the men who served under him name the new town Garfield’s Crossing in his honor.

Unable to forgive the death of Henry Cozart, his family harbors a deep hatred for James Rankin and any of his kin.  A feud develops that lasts even to the present day.

"James A. Garfield," By Gilman, G. F., copyright claimant - Library of CongressCatalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2005687059Image download: http://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/pga/01300/01369v.jpgOriginal url: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005687059/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66273601

"James A. Garfield," By Gilman, G. F., copyright claimant - Library of CongressCatalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2005687059Image download: http://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/pga/01300/01369v.jpgOriginal url: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005687059/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66273601


May 1979

(The Superb) A ne’er-do-well on the run from his checked past takes refuge in the rundown local theater.

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland


August 1992

(A Companion Of Fools) On a dark night at the end of summer, local authorities are called to an abandoned graveyard on the edge of town in an incident where the lives of several teenagers are changed forever.

Artwork by Abner J. Cardona

Artwork by Abner J. Cardona



2000

 Samuel Houston Blaylock, a Navy Veteran & blacksmith, moves to town to be with his girlfriend Jamie Sanders (a native to the area).  While scouting the area for land to open a business, he sees a young man being bullied a group of boys. He intervenes, saving the young man who turns out to be Seth Rankin, who is a member of one of the Founding Families.  To show is gratitude, Seth’s father, Keith, invests in Blaylock’s business allowing him to start up Blaylock’s Ironworks. Sam builds a home and a shop on the northwest side of town, past the river.


2011

Abernathy Jackson, a former U.S. Marine, moves to Garfield’s Crossing from Atlanta, where he worked as an officer both in S.W.A.T. and the gang task force.


September 2016

(Blood In The Groove) A local record store owner has his store invaded by a group of criminals on the run.

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz


October 2016

(The Ghost of Red Line Road) Devon Traeger, a young woman from Atlanta, comes to town to investigate one of town’s most famous legends.

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz


June 2017

(Moses Jones and The Meal Ticket) After years spent seemingly stranded in Garfield’s Crossing, a blues musician has a fateful encounter that could change the way he sees his wayward travels.

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz


July 2017

(The Gods Are Always At The Gates) Sheriff Jackson answers a call for a man screaming about demons, leading him to an investigation that quickly becomes dangerous to everyone involved.

Artwork by Abner J. Cardona

Artwork by Abner J. Cardona


September 2017

(Dead End) After her mother dies, Josie May “Joe” Adams returns to Garfield’s Crossing for the first time in years.  In addition to sorting out her family's affairs, Joe, who is now a journalist, comes with an assignment to write a story about Appalachia.

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz


October 2017

(The Skull and The Saber) Seth Rankin, a native of Garfield's Crossing, returns to town to introduce his girlfriend, Rina Shah, to his parents.  Rina quickly learns of the feud between the Rankin's and the Cozart's.  

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz


November 2017

A professional thief gets hired to do a job in Garfield’s Crossing only to realize the target is his old flame.

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland


January 2018

(Vulcan In Winter) Alex Doran, a college student, from Atlanta has an accident on the way into town which leaves his car undrivable.  Sam Blaylock finds him walking into town and decides to help fix his car and give him a place to stay while he does so.

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland

Artwork by Margeaux McClelland


February 2018

(Luna’s Guardian) A serial killer by the name of Edward Garrison arrives in town searching for a kill and encounters Rayna, a local bookstore owner, and her dog Luna. 

Artwork by C.E. Schultz

Artwork by C.E. Schultz