Queen of the Confederacy: The Innocent Deceits of Lucy Holcombe Pickens

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University of North Texas Press, 2002 - 253페이지
"Submissiveness is not my role, but certain platitudes on certain occasions are among the innocent deceits of the sex." A strong character with a fervent belief in woman's changing place, Lucy Holcombe Pickens (1832-1899) was not content to live the life of a typical nineteenth-century Southern belle. Wife of Francis Wilkinson Pickens, the secessionist governor of South Carolina on the eve of the Civil War, Lucy was determined to make her mark in the world. She married "the right man," feeling that "a woman with wealth or prestige garnered from her husband's position could attain great power." Lucy urged Pickens to accept a diplomatic mission to the court of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, and in St. Petersburg Lucy captivated the Tsar and his retinue with her beauty and charm. Upon returning to the states, she became First Lady of South Carolina just in time to encourage a Confederate unit named in her honor (The Holcombe Legion) off to war.

The only woman to have her image engraved on Confederacy paper currency. Heralded as the uncrowned "Queen of the Confederacy".

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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN 1861 It was grandit was awful
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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN 1861 Submissiveness is not my role
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CHAPTER NINETEEN 18611863 The only comfort in all this misery is a little good talk now and then
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CHAPTER TWENTY 18631865 A volcano under that exterior of stillness and glitter
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CHAPTER TWENTYONE 18651869 Out of the dead cold ashes life again
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CHAPTER TWENTYTWO 18691875 Rouse yourself from the sweet sad dream and face the battle of life
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CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE 18761893 The Joan of Arc of Carolina
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CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR 18941899 We do not forget
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CHAPTER NINE 1858 The heart hath reason which reason knows nothing of
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CHAPTER TEN 1858 talking of elevated and mighty themes
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CHAPTER ELEVEN 1858 The confused sound of an unknown language made me feel my isolation
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CHAPTER TWELVE 1858 It was very marked and not known to happen before to a foreigner
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photo gallery
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CHAPTER THIRTEEN 18591860 I suspect it will look more like a Moscovite Don Cossack than an honest American child
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CHAPTER FOURTEEN 1860 There is nothing real about European society but its hollowness
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CHAPTER FIFTEEN 1860 I find myself going up the hill to Wyalusing
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CHAPTER SIXTEEN 1861 I am where duty honor demand me
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Epilogue
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Appendix A ON LEAVING VILLA DE LANSKOI
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Appendix B PICKENS GENEALOGY
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Appendix C HOLCOMBE GENEALOGY
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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75 페이지 - SHE walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies ; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes : Thus mellow'd to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
75 페이지 - Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
75 페이지 - DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony...
128 페이지 - ... a just cause of war, but the actual commencement of hostilities. No authority was given, as you suppose, from myself, or from the War Department, to Governor Gist, to guard the United States arsenal in Charleston by a company of South Carolina volunteers. In this respect you have been misinformed. I have, therefore, never been more astonished in my life, than to learn from you that unless Fort Sumter be delivered into your hands, you cannot be answerable for the consequences. It...
124 페이지 - I would be willing to appeal to the God of battles," he declared defiantly, "if need be, cover the state with ruin, conflagration, and blood rather than submit.
154 페이지 - Why not? General Washington attended the assembly balls and wanted everything done that could be done to amuse his soldiers and comfort and refresh them [and] give them new strength for the fray, when they came home for a short visit."20 Not everyone accepted Lucy's actions as fitting for a governor's wife.
107 페이지 - If he had done this, I would have felt bound to him forever and could never have done enough to repay him. I think in my gratitude (nothing touches me like generosity) I would even have consented to live at Edgewood in the midst of all the children, grandchildren and relations of No. 1 and No. 2 etc.24 But he did not and therefore I owe him nothing.

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ELIZABETH WITTENMYER LEWIS, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attended Susquehanna University and Pennsylvania State College. She graduated from Jefferson Medical School with an RN and served as first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in World War II. She married a Southerner and spent most of her life in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Texas, with the exception of six years in London. She continued her education at Rice University in Houston.

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