The Journal of Peter Horry, South Carolinian
Recording the New Republic, 1812-1814
Horry began keeping a private journal in 1812, a practice he continued until his death. Portions of the journal previously appeared in the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine during the 1930s and 40s. Editors Roy Talbert Jr. and Meggan A. Farish have restored to print all of Horry's extant journal entries, offering the modern reader detailed insights into the daily life, agricultural practices, and the culture of South Carolina during its early statehood years. Horry also provides accounts of his dealings with his household slaves and of plantation life in the lowcountry and midlands.
The journal vividly portrays life on North Island near Georgetown. Horry's writings also provide a firsthand local account of the War of 1812, describing the military units stationed nearby as well as the war's impact on coastal society and economy. After leaving Georgetown, Horry moved to Columbia to be with his wife's family, the Guignards. He chronicles the social, political, and religious affairs of the capital city and comments on the new South Carolina College, the antecedent to the University of South Carolina. His Columbia home, later named the Horry-Guignard House, stands to this day.
Augmented with a detailed introduction and annotations, The Journal of Peter Horry, South Carolinian fills an important gap with its firsthand accounts of an influential soldier, statesman, and planter too often neglected in American historiography.
About the Authors
Meggan A. Farish is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and a history doctoral candidate at Duke University. Farish was a research assistant for the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies and an archives processor at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. In 2010 she was awarded the Lewis P. Jones Summer Research Fellowship at the South Caroliniana Library.
"Roy Talbert and Meggan Farish have skillfully edited the private journal of Peter Horry to the benefit of historians and general readers alike. The journal offers fresh perceptions of politics, economics, slavery, and daily life; and the editors' beautifully written introduction and scrupulous annotations of more than 250 people named in the journal persuasively restore Horry's prominence as a Revolutionary warrior, southern planter, and early national politician. This is a major addition to the documentary record."—Charles Joyner, author of Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community
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