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Accession 586

Inclusive Dates

1859-1870, 1907-1908, nd


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

Collection Size

1,324 pieces, .75 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of six journals written by David Golightly Harris (1821-1875), concerning his life as a upcountry farmer and slave-owner who owned and operated his 100-acre farm in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. During the American Civil War he was pressed into service on the part of the Confederacy and served with the South Carolina 5th State Troops Co. G. During his absence his wife Emily Liles Harris (1827-1899) managed their ten children, ten slaves and the farm while dutifully describing the difficulties of a southern woman operating a large farm and caring for her large family during the Civil War. Also included in this collection are photocopies off correspondence and bible records relating to the family’s history. A videotape on Mrs. Fordis on file in the South Carolina Humanities Resource Center.


The Emily Liles Harris journals were deposited with the Archives on May 14, 1984 by Mrs. Harris Ford.


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

Emily Liles Harris Journals - Accession 586

LC Subject Headings

Harris, David Golightly, 1824-1875--Diaries; Harris, Emily Liles, 1827-1899--Diaries; Harris family; Farmers--South Carolina--Spartanburg County; Farmers’ spouses--South Carolina--Spartanburg County; Slaveholders--South Carolina--Spartanburg County--History--19th century; Agriculture--South Carolina--Spartanburg County--History--19th century; Slavery--South Carolina--Spartanburg County--History--19th century; Agriculture--Southern States--History--19th century; Slavery--Southern States--History--19th century; Bible records--South Carolina; South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate