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Column: More details on secession
Teal - Clarisse Envelope
The “cover,” or envelope, to a letter sent by Clarisse Hunter to her sister, Margaret, in Wiseburg, Md. The letter is dated Dec. 22, 1860, five days after the S.C. Secession Convention met to secede from the Union. Note the letters “P.M.” after Margaret’s name, indicating her role as Wiseburg’s postmistress, as well as the hand-written notation by Clariisse regarding money leant to her by Margaret’s husband, Pleasant.
Historians, Civil War buffs and others continue to collect information and details about South Carolina’s leaving the Union. This is especially true for this columnist since I am the curator for the First Baptist Church of Columbia where the South Carolina Secession Convention began on December 17, 1860.

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