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Edmund Ruffin, Jr. plantation diary, 1851-1873, Amelia, Hanover, and Prince George counties, Virginia

Author: Edmund Ruffin; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, ©1991.
Series: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J,, Part 9,, Selections from the Southern Historical Collection, Manuscript Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill., Virginia ;, reel 28.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Manuscript : Microfilm   Archival Material : English
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This collection documents affairs on Ruffin's plantation, Beechwood, between 1851 and 1862, and on his Hanover County plantation, Marlbourne, between 1866 and 1873. Entries for 1866 describe in detail damage done to Beechwood and Evelynton during the war. The journal provides detailed information on the weather, crop conditions, crop rotations, fertilizers used, plantation finances, and general farm tasks completed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
Diaries
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Named Person: Edmund Ruffin
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Ruffin; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
OCLC Number: 259810588
Notes: Title from reel guide.
Accompanied by a printed reel guide.
Description: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Series Title: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J,, Part 9,, Selections from the Southern Historical Collection, Manuscript Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill., Virginia ;, reel 28.

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This collection documents affairs on Ruffin's plantation, Beechwood, between 1851 and 1862, and on his Hanover County plantation, Marlbourne, between 1866 and 1873. Entries for 1866 describe in detail damage done to Beechwood and Evelynton during the war. The journal provides detailed information on the weather, crop conditions, crop rotations, fertilizers used, plantation finances, and general farm tasks completed by slaves and hired hands at Beechwood and Marlbourne. Limited information appears on slave health, births, and deaths, Ruffin's family or social life before the war; the journal describes Ruffin's family experiences during the Union occupation of Virginia and the slaves' abandonment of his plantations once Union soldiers arrived. Edmund Ruffin, Jr., son of Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865) and Susan Travis Ruffin, was a wheat, corn, oats, tobacco and vegetables planter who maintained a peach orchard and livestock. He experimented freely with crop rotation and fertilizers. His sons, Thomas and George, both served as privates in the Confederate Army; Edmund served briefly at Camp Lookout between 1861 and 1862. He discussed freely his feelings on the actions of Union forces during the war, and the freedmen's postwar political activities in Hanover County.

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