Tag Archives: Laura Towne

25 August 1862: “Every night she suffers terrors for fear of an attack by the rebels.”

Item description: Diary entry from Laura Towne, dated 25 August 1862. [Transcription available below images]  

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23 August 1862: “He came too, to take away slaves. He wanted two especially – Rina, who was washer and ironer for the family, and the childs nurse called Bella…”

Image description: Entry, dated 23 August 1862, from the diary of Laura Towne. Towne (1825-1901) came to St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Relief Group of Pennsylvania, an abolitionist group that came to Beaufort, S.C. and the surrounding … Continue reading

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23 July 1862: “There are very many ill of the fever & Ellen & I spend a good deal of time driving to Eustis’s, where there is a crowded & sickly set of people…”

Item citation: Diary entry of Laura Towne, dated 23 July 1862. In this entry Towne notes gathering provisions for the formerly enslaved men and women of Edisto Island, as well as the health of the African American population on St. … Continue reading

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23 June 1862: “General Hunter drove us out to the camp of the black regiment…”

Item description: Entry dated 23 June 1862 from the diary of Laura Towne. In this entry she notes the regiment of African American troops organized under General Hunter. In June, Gen. Hunter organized the 1st S. C. volunteers, a regiment composed of … Continue reading

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