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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Aventine Plantation Ledger, 1862



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Aventine Plantation.
Title: Aventine Plantation Ledger
Dates: 1862
Abstract: The Aventine Plantation Ledger, 1862, contains a daily account by Charles Sauters of the expenses and business activities of the Aventine Plantation. Also included is a transcription of the ledger by Nate Mathews and his essay, "Slavery, the Civil War, and the 1862 Aventine Plantation Ledger."
Accession No.: 2009-091
Extent: 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Aventine Plantation on Second Creek in Adams County, Mississippi, was once part of Francis Surget’s vast cotton barony. It became the property of Major Gabriel B. Shields, Esquire, who married Surget’s daughter. Shields was the wealthiest of four sons of William Bayard Shields, a former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice. He resided at his mansion estate "Montebello" near Natchez, and Aventine furnished food and goods for him there, as well as shoes for Confederate soldiers. In recent years, historian Winthrop Jordan documented the now-famous slave conspiracy along Second Creek in Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy (revised edition, 1995). Charles Sauters, a native of the Netherlands, worked as overseer on the plantation partway through the Civil War.

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Scope and Contents

The Aventine Plantation Ledger, 1862, contains a daily account by Charles Sauters of the expenses and business activities of the Aventine Plantation. Also included is a transcription of the ledger by Nate Mathews and his essay, "Slavery, the Civil War, and the 1862 Aventine Plantation Ledger."

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sauters, Charles -- Archives.
Shields, Gabriel B.
Subjects (Organizations)
Aventine Plantation -- Archives.
Subjects
Account books -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources.
Places
Adams County (Miss.) -- History -- Sources.
Mississippi -- History -- Sources.
Natchez (Miss.) -- History -- Sources.
Natchez (Miss. : District) -- History -- Sources.

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Related Material

See also Natchez Trace Collection Supplement, 1775-1965.

Forms part of the Natchez Trace Small Manuscript Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Aventine Plantation Ledger, 1862, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, April 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E937 Aventine Plantation Ledger, 1862
Transcription of and essay on ledger, both by Nate Mathews

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