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Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown

Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown

Descriptive Summary

Title: Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown
Creator: Pickens, Francis Wilkinson, 1805-1869
Inclusive Dates: 1861 May 14
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms3603
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Frances Wilkinson Pickens (1805-1869) was an American lawyer and politician. He was serving as the 69th governor of South Carolina when the state seceded and joined the Confederate States prior to the start of the Civil War. He was educated at Franklin College (which is now a part of the University of Georgia) and South Carolina College.

Joseph E. Brown (1821-1894) was the 42nd governor of Georgia during its secession from the Union. He also served as a U.S. Senator from 1880 through 1891. Brown often disagreed with Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.

Scope and Content

A letter from Francis Wilkinson Pickens to Joseph E. Brown thanking him for lending gunpowder to South Carolina at an important time. He refers to January 1861, when his artillery batteries in Charleston fired upon a federal ship sent to reinforce troops at Fort Sumter.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown, ms3603, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894
South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter Access Online