|Report on Teachers in Beaufort since Sherman's March
December 28, 1864
Beaufort S. C. Dec 28, 1864
Rev. M. E. Striety
Your letter of the 16th by the Arago was duly recvd. but I was not able to reply by her return, our first installment of
Freedmen from Gen Sherman’s army came in to Beaufort on Sunday eve 700 strong, many more are expected to follow.
Most of them will be located out of town on the various Plant. Whether they will enlarge our schools so that more
teachers will be needed is more than I can now tell. Two of our schools are to be taken possession of by the Tax
commissioners on the first of Jan. next.They are about to establish schools on several of the “School Farms” under their
own control, teachers on said farms will be removed, unless transferred to their employ. This transfer will doubtless be
bewst, where all parties can agree, rather than have strangers come into these schools.
The schools thus established by the commissioners are to be Govt. Schools, supported by the income from the “school
It does not seem quite fair for them thus to take schools where other societies have been at work, but I see no way to
help it. Several of the N. F. R. schools, fare the same as ours.
Your construction of my call for teachers is correct. Those for regimental teaching, must come prepared for sold. life.
Bro Sisson concludes to return to his old field near Seabrook. The man and wife can take the place where Bro ? and
sister have been for a few weeks, send them soon as possible. They will need every thing for housekeeping. It is on a
plant. some seven miles from town. I cannot say definitely as to the condition of the house or pleasantness of location as
I have not seen them, I judge from what others say they are very fair.
I hope to visit Savannah soon and see what is wanting there. What is to be done in this business of getting teachers
down here, should be done quickly.
I have written Mrs. Valentine I see no opening for them, under the present circumstances.
Miss Marshall finds some difference I presume between talking and practicing self-denial. She may yet make a good
Miss Phillips and Foot are both teaching in town.
The Twichell girls and Mrs. Fowler have near 200 scholars in their schools. My health is some better.
Shermon’s glorious march to our shore fills us all with joy and thanksgiving. I have seen numbers of his men and several
of the chaplains, they all speak of their march as a “pleasure excursion”. I think Gen Sherman has an army of invincibles.
His men have the utmost confidence in him and are ready to do whatever he asks of them.
Our weather is like May now. Frogs, Birds and crickets are singing to cheer us and the Thunder is rolling in the heavens
as I am writing. Strange Christmas weather you will say
Yours in love
W. J. Richardson