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Nov. 1861 Pooshee

their cotton, but not their corn or other provisions crop. Many who were wealthy men a week ago, are now reduced to poverty, leaving home with only their clothes. 
We remain in ignorance still of the movements of the fleet, & of our own troops. Despatches are not allowed to be published, & thus for want of authentic knowledge all manner of rumours are propagated. The people of Charleston are apprehensive of an attack by way of James island, or of the small boats of the fleet attempting to run the guantlet of the forts in the harbour. The shipment or transportation of all groceries & provisions from the city is now interdicted by military authority, these being wanted for the troops. Dr Wm C Ravenel was in the fort at Hilton head during the battle as surgeon, - he & Dr Ogier having gone on as soon as it was known an attack would be made. Lee Howard was sick & was brought off in an ambulance after the battle began, & narrowly escaped with his life. God grant that this dark cloud now lowering over us may be dispersed in His good time, & that trusting in His Almighty arm we may be inspired with confidence, & receive His protection from our cruel & vindictive foe. 
We hear this morning that John White is extremely ill at his plantation Jippy. His brother Christopher fears it is Typhoid. Mr Myers (the overseer here) has also been very sick for a week past. Yesterday Dr Waring was called to consult with Rene! He is much better today. 
4.PM I went down to the Depot again today expecting Ellen up, but William sent a letter to say she would come tomorrow - Frederick A Porcher & his family & old Mrs Rutledge & Mrs Parker came up today - also Mrs E M Seabrook & her mother Mrs Dubose - They go to Mr Charles Porchers.

  • Title

    Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: Private Journal 1861:Page 202

  • Date

    1861-11-14

  • 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