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By Sheffield Hale:
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary this June 30 of the publication of Gone With The Wind, it is time we reopen a non-provable and ultimately useless argument “Who was the real Rhett Butler?” My proposition is as follows: “Richard Peters, the man responsible for our city’s name, is Atlanta’s Rhett Butler” or to be more precise “Richard Peters would have been a logical person for Margaret Mitchell to use as a model for the historically accurate elements of the character of Rhett Butler” …