Articulating a Southern Self: Georgia, Sunnyside and the Confederacy

  • Rebecca J. Fraser
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


By the fall of 1857 Ben and Sarah, along with their two children, Lilly (Sarah Virginia) and Henry, and a number of slaves had migrated further south to Burnt Fort, Charlton County, Georgia. Located on the Satilla River near the Okefenokee Swamp, the site had become the focus of a considerable sawmill operation, which was the major justification for the move. Sarah’s response to the relocation presented her as the ever-dutiful wife and of course it meant removing herself from the tensions that had plagued the Clifton Grove household since her arrival in October 1853. Yet the image of the harmonious Southern family, white and black, that is presented in the missive above from Sarah in December 1858 masked the realities of the experience of relocation for both the Williams family and the enslaved at Clifton Grove.


Nineteenth Century Planter Class Wounded Soldier Okefenokee Swamp Confederate State 
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