Manuscript Collection

Civil War Remembrances “Dark Days of the Confederacy” - Accession 1094 - M503 (553)

Title

Civil War Remembrances “Dark Days of the Confederacy” - Accession 1094 - M503 (553)

Files

Identifier

Accession 1094 - M503 (553)

Inclusive Dates

2003

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

7 pieces

Language

English;

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a typescript copy of an American Civil War memoir titled “Dark Days of the Confederacy.” The work was written by Lancaster native Annie E. Witherspoon (1850-1923) August 20, 1915 and transcribed by Tony Emanuel on January 31, 2003. Annie Witherspoon’s wrote of her experiences during the Union Armies’ siege of the town of Lancaster, SC in February of 1865. The siege lasted six days and Ms. Witherspoon documents what the natives of Lancaster experienced and how they perceived the invading Union Army. She discusses some personal experiences, as well as those of others. In her essay she mentions Union General Wheeler, Butler, and Fitzpatrick and how their men treated the people of Lancaster. She also mentions Confederate general Kilpatrick and how her personal slaves helped them. And Mrs. Witherspoon recalled, “...to this day we remember in loving gratitude what they did (our slaves) for us in our hour of need.”

Provenance

Civil War Remembrances “Dark Days of the Confederacy” collection was given to the Archives by Louise Pettus on April 17, 2003.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Civil War Remembrances “Dark Days of the Confederacy” - Accession 1094 - M503 (553)

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