1 Here in north Georgia was a rugged section held by a hardy people.
2 This was a section that knew the chill of winter, as well as the heat of summer, and there was a vigor and energy in the people that was strange to her.
3 And, quickening all of the affairs of the section, was the high tide of prosperity then rolling over the South.
4 Cotton was the heartbeat of the section, the planting and the picking were the diastole and systole of the red earth.
5 Atlanta was humming like a beehive, proudly conscious of its importance to the Confederacy, and work was going forward night and day toward turning an agricultural section into an industrial one.
6 Finally the business section fell behind and the residences came into view.
7 In that section, the Confederate sympathizers were in the minority and the hand of war fell heavily upon them, as it did on all the border states, neighbor informing against neighbor and brother killing brother.
8 The interior section was what counted, if the South was going to win the war, and Atlanta was now the center of things.
9 Farther down the street the business section was quiet and many of the stores and offices were locked and boarded up, while their occupants were somewhere about the countryside with rifles in their hands.
10 Why, Miss Melanie," Frank was startled and reproachful, "General Hood hasn't been down in that section at all.
11 I've been all up and down this section since we retook Atlanta and there isn't enough to feed a jaybird.
12 This whole section, this whole state can go back to woods if it wants to, but I won't let Tara go.
13 They all ran out to the front porch and saw the tall grizzled old despot of Aunt Pitty's house climbing down from a rat-tailed nag on which a section of quilting had been strapped.
14 The Yankee soldiers garrisoned throughout the section and the Freedmen's Bureau were in complete command of everything and they were fixing the rules to suit themselves.
15 They kept the negroes stirred up with tales of cruelty perpetrated by the whites and, in a section long famed for the affectionate relations between slaves and slave owners, hate and suspicion began to grow.