|Creator:||Pickens, Francis Wilkinson, 1805-1869|
|Title:||Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown|
|Dates:||1861 May 14|
|Quantity:||1.0 folder (1 letter)|
Frances Wilkinson Pickens (1805-1869) was an American lawyer and politician. He was serving as the 69th governor of South Carolina when the state seceded and joined the Confederate States prior to the start of the Civil War. He was educated at Franklin College (which is now a part of the University of Georgia) and South Carolina College.
Joseph E. Brown (1821-1894) was the 42nd governor of Georgia during its secession from the Union. He also served as a U.S. Senator from 1880 through 1891. Brown often disagreed with Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.
A letter from Francis Wilkinson Pickens to Joseph E. Brown thanking him for lending gunpowder to South Carolina at an important time. He refers to January 1861, when his artillery batteries in Charleston fired upon a federal ship sent to reinforce troops at Fort Sumter.
Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.
Francis Wilkinson Pickens letter to Joseph E. Brown, ms 3603. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries