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How Grand a Flame: A Chronicle of a Plantation Family, 1813-1947

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"Wake me at four o'clock. We're going to see some action." When the guns opened on Fort Sumter across the harbor in April of 1861, two young men, one white and one black, were watching together from the cupola of the big house on the Lawton plantation, which stretched for a full mile along the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina. The white man, Wallace Lawton, ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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I liked this book, but full disclosure, I am distantly related to the Lawtons seven generations back. My aunt passed along this book as assigned genaeology reading, even though this branch of the family...well, no spoilers. What I enjoyed most about this book? About midway through, I realized this true story has the bones of a Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility, or maybe Wuthering Heights in it. The characters include an attractive man with authoritative demeanor and an interest in ...more
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Dr. Clyde Bresee was born on February 2, 1916, in Ulster, Pennsylvania. Early in Clyde’s life, the Bresees packed up their belongings and moved from their Bradford County farm to James Island, South Carolina. This move would later shape Bresee’s writing career. They remained on their sea island dairy farm until the mid- 1930s when they returned to Bradford County.
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