Lynne Feeley


Swamps, Squash, Slavery

May 30, 2013
Swamps, Squash, Slavery

It is difficult to imagine a sufficient motive to have induced any man to penetrate a mile into the swamp before paths were cut and made solid enough, for the purpose of getting the timber.  And these obstacles long prevented any person from going far from the borders.  – Edmund Ruffin, “Observations Made During...
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On Going to the Plantation Forever

December 4, 2012
On Going to the Plantation Forever

  As the Civil War drew to a close, ardent Confederate Edmund Ruffin decided he’d rather die than live under the rule of the “malignant, perfidious, & vile Yankee race.”  Ruffin plotted his suicide carefully, delaying the act some weeks so that he wouldn’t cast gloom over his nephew’s upcoming wedding.  Then in June...
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