Between North and South: The Letters of Emily Wharton Sinkler, 1842-1865

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Emily Wharton Sinkler was only eighteen years old when she began to write to distant relatives, chronicling her experiences on an antebellum cotton plantation. The daughter of prominent Philadelphia lawyer Thomas Wharton, Emily had married Charles Sinkler of St. Johns Berkeley Parish and Charleston, South Carolina, and moved south to begin a new life. Collected by her great-great-granddaughter Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, Emily's letters ring with keen insights into Southern society and offer a definitive ...
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Emily Wharton Sinkler was only eighteen years old when she began to write to distant relatives, chronicling her experiences on an antebellum cotton plantation. The daughter of prominent Philadelphia lawyer Thomas Wharton, Emily had married Charles Sinkler of St. Johns Berkeley Parish and Charleston, South Carolina, and moved south to begin a new life. Collected by her great-great-granddaughter Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, Emily's letters ring with keen insights into Southern society and offer a definitive account of a young woman transplanted to the South in 1842 through the Civil War. This frequent and thorough correspondence conveys the rich and varied details of a time divided between North and South.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Series Editor's Preface xi
Preface xiii
Genealogical Charts xviii
I From Whence She Came--Family and Philadelphia, 1823-1842 1
II New Family, New Places--Charleston and Eutaw Plantation, 1842 9
III Dealing with Pneumonia and Whooping Cough, Winter 1843 25
IV Questions of Slavery and the Temperance Movement, Winter 1843 30
V Summer Retreats--Virginia and Flat Rock, 1844 35
VI Back to Eutaw Plantation, Fall 1844 and Spring 1845 43
VII Eutaw Plantation, Fall 1845 47
VIII The Mexican-American War, 1846 54
IX The Death of Seaman; the Birth of Arabella, 1847 62
X Moving to Belvidere, 1848, 1849 81
XI Life at Woodford in the High Hills of Santee, 1850 106
XII From the Music of Jenny Lind to the Pageantry of Chivalry, Spring 1851 138
XIII A Splendid Christmas, Winter 1851, and Spring 1852 157
XIV The Charleston Races, Spring 1853 178
XV Life on Sullivan's Island, Spring 1854 182
XVI Winter 1855 188
XVII The Coming of War, and the Civil War, 1855-1865 193
Epilogue 199
Cast of Characters 201
Notes 209
Index 231
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