|Diary of Laura M. Towne - Teacher Penn School
April 18, 1862
|The bolded headlines are placed there for the reader by the Editor.
April 18, 1862 - Friday.
When I said something to Mr. Pierce about not wishing to interfere with the system, he answered,
"Oh, Miss Towne, we have no systems here." He spoke playfully, but I think there is truth in it. The
teachers who came down here with us have not yet got to work and are going about, not knowing
their destination. When we came, Mr. Pierce sent us here to Mrs. Forbes without any invitation from
her and has left us here since without knowing her wishes about it. She has nothing to do with the
Commission and should not be troubled with its affairs, which makes it uncomfortable for Mr.
Philbrick and me. . . .
Rebellion at Mr. Philbrick's Plantation
There has been a little rebellion upon Mr. Philbrick's plantation (the old Coffin plantation).Two men,
one upon each estate, refuse to work the four hours a day they are required to give to the cotton,
but insist upon cultivating their own cornpatch only. They threaten, if unprovided with food, to break
into the corn-house. One man drew his knife upon his driver, but crouched as soon as Mr. Philbrick
laid his hand upon his shoulder. Mr. Philbrick came to Beaufort and has taken back a corporal and
two soldiers to arrest and guard these men for a few days. The negroes, Mr. Philbrick says, are
docile generally and require the positive ordering that children of five or ten years of age require,
but are far more afraid of any white man than of their drivers.
|Laura M. Towne