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Slave Auction: Savannah 1859
In Response To: Re: Slave Auction: Savannah 1849 ()
VKN drew my attention to the 1987 book by Malcolm Bell, Jr., Major Butler's Legacy, a fascinating account of the low-country slaveholding Butler family and their descendants from colonial times to the twentieth century. Chapter 18, "The Weeping Time," contains a full account of the 1859 sale and a critique of the New York Tribune article that adds details the reporter could not have known. The bibliography in this book should assist any researcher who thinks his or her ancestor was a Butler slave; the Butler family papers and other documents are preserved in publicly-accessible archives and libraries which the author carefully identifies.
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