Furman family papers, 1854-1938
Shooting [i.e. Shouting] party on J. J. Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, S.C., 1862.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
- Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Tex.
- John Howard Furman, 1824-1902; b. in St. Luke's Parish, S.C.; lived in Georgia (1845-1851) where he practiced medicine; moved with his family to Privateer, S.C., in 1859, where he owned a plantation and continued to practice medicine.
- Correspondence, financial records, speeches, contracts, drawings and other creative works, and ephemera chronicling the daily life and community involvement of a rural South Carolina family. John Howard Furman's correspondence to his wife (15 items, 1854-1868) documents his travels around the South Carolina and Georgia area treating patients and visiting his sons Farish and Johnnie, who lived in Georgia with his parents for part of the time. John is concerned about how his family gets on in his absence and gives Susan advice on running the plantation and managing the farm hands (these were probably slaves prior to the Civil War, and sharecroppers afterward). Topics include John Howard Furman's medical practice, the economic and political climate in the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, managing the Furman family plantation, slavery, cotton trade, and agriculture in South Carolina and elsewhere in the South.
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