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In Charleston, December 1860 (49)
Harper's Weekly, December 14, 1861
 
Synopsis of "In Charleston, December 1860"
A Southern woman’s family is divided about secession sympathies. She is in love with a Yankee officer, which angers her cousin. When he catches the two together, he challenges the officer to a duel after a Christmas ball. Called away on duty, the officer is unable to make the duel, and the cousin labels the officer a coward. The officer and woman meet weeks later and are married. The war breaks out, and during some fighting, the cousin and the officer meet. While the officer orders his men not to kill the cousin, the cousin tries to shoot the officer. Still, the officer spares the cousin’s life, and admonishes him to remember this incident when he returns to the Southern army.
 
"In Charleston, December 1860" Story from Harper's Weekly
In Charleston, December, 1860
Harper's Weekly, December 14, 1861, page 798 (1-4)
 
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Historical Background
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Commentary
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Illustrations
 


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That Old Hen, Jeff Davis
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