Charles Alfred DeSaussure memoirs (typescript copies)
Typescript copies of Charles Alfred DeSaussure's memoirs of plantation life (1850-1870) and life in the Confederate Army. The first manuscript describes special events and experiences primarily at Woodstock Plantation (Beaufort District, S.C.), the distribution of food and goods to slaves, the activities of slaves, names and descriptions of slaves and their work, religious life, Gullah language and people, and DeSaussure's education and recreational activities (swimming, boating, and riding). The second manuscript (1931) concerns the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery and Company C of the 8th South Carolina Regiment. DeSaussure describes life in camp (including forms of entertainment), the duties of the picket squad, hunger and the search for food and other provisions, the advance of Sherman, encounters with the enemy in South and North Carolina during his 575 mile march, and the difficult times encountered after the war.
- approximately 1931
- DeSaussure, Charles Alfred, 1846- (Person)
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Resident of McPhersonville, Woodstock Plantation, Beaufort, and surrounding areas in South Carolina during his youth. Charles Alfred DeSaussure was the son of Dr. Louis McPherson DeSaussure. DeSaussure joined the Confederate Army, Company C of Captain Columbus Haile, in 1863 when he was 16 years old. He later transferred to the Beaufort Artillery. In 1931 DeSaussure wrote about his life when living in Memphis, Tennessee.
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- Confederate States of America. Army. Beaufort Light Artillery
- Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 8th. Company C
- DeSaussure, Charles Alfred, 1846-
- Enslaved persons -- South Carolina
- Plantation life -- South Carolina
- Sherman's March through the Carolinas
- South Carolina -- History -- 1775-1865
- South Carolina -- Social life and customs
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Woodstock Plantation (Hampton County, S.C.)
- military personnel
- Inventory of the Charles Alfred DeSaussure Memoirs (Typescript Copies), approximately 1931
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