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Nov. 1861 Pooshee

island, & have compelled the negroes to pick out & gin the cotton. Great dissatisfaction is said to prevail among them, many have made their escape. This will afford a wholesome lesson to others who may be placed in a similar position. The planters of Edisto & other islands are now busy under protection of our troops in saving their negroes, stock provisions & other crops. Many have burnt their cotton. Mr. Jenkins Mikell on  Saturday last fired his cotton house containing near 200 bales of fine sea island cotton valued at about $40,000, & others are following his example. 
I find general dissatisfaction at the course of Gov. Pickens. He has made himself so unpopular since his election, that he would not probably get a vote if the election were held now. Conceit arrogance, inconstancy, petulance, ignorance of military usages, & dictatorial abuse of his position are ascribed to him. I meet with no one who has a word to say in his favour. I know that last winter during our difficulties he was soundly abused in Charleston & elsewhere & I hear again the same complaints of his insufficiency for the duties of his position.

  • Title

    Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: Private Journal 1861-1862: Page 5

  • Date

    1861-11-21

  • Subject

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    Ravenel family

    Fungi of Carolina

    Illustrated by Natural Specimens of the Species

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    Berkeley County (S.C.)--History--19th century

    Botanists--South Carolina--History--19th century

    South Carolina--Social conditions

    United States--Description and travel

    Aiken County (S.C.)--History

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  • Contributing Institution

    University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library