I cannot mark the passage of time exactly, but the report came that Sherman was advancing, and there came awful rumors of what he was doing and would do. We made long homespun bags, quite narrow, and with a strong waistband, and a strong button, to be worn under the skirts. And into these we put all our treasures. Things in the Confederacy were getting worse and worse. The Yankees were reported nearer and nearer. Confederate Soldiers came by the house and told us to destroy all the whisky we had. When the Yankees came everything would be seized by the enemy. After taking all they wanted they left and continued marching on, burning Columbia and leaving a trail of desolation where they passed. 1 Many books and research have been done on the Allston Family. For my secondary sources I have found three of them but I have not received all of them yet. One of my sources is Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps by William Dusinberre. This secondary source will not be used for most of my research but it will provide useful information on the background of Robert Allston, Elizabeth Pringle’s father, and his treatment of his slaves. The main secondary source I am going to use is The Allstons of Chicora Wood: Wealth, Honor, and Gentility in the South Carolina Lowcountry by William K. Scarborough. Scarborough’s biography, The Allstons of Chicora Wood, chronicles the history of a South Carolina planter family from the opulent antebellum years through the trauma of the Civil War and postwar period. Scarborough mainly focuses on Robert Allston, but he does encourage the reader to further study Elizabeth Pringle and her life during the Civil War. Unfortunately, there are no secondary resources that focus mainly on Elizabeth Pringle. I have found another secondary source called “The South Carolina Rice Plantation as Revealed in the Papers of Robert F. W. Allston” which contains the Allston family letters and slave’s documents. The topic I chose to do for my...
Bibliography: Primary Sources
Pringle, Elizabeth W. Allston. A Woman Rice Planter. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1992.
Pringle, Elizabeth W. Allston. Chronicles of Chicora Wood. Atlanta: Cherokee Publishing Co, 2007.
Dusinberre, William. Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996.
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