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In Freedoms Shadow - Prologue - Fall 2010

In Freedoms Shadow - Prologue - Fall 2010

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Giselle White-Perry recalls how freed slaves and former slaveholders worked side-by-side in a South Carolina county during the reconstruction era and how one man, Renty Franklin Greaves, fared in a fragile political
environment.
Giselle White-Perry recalls how freed slaves and former slaveholders worked side-by-side in a South Carolina county during the reconstruction era and how one man, Renty Franklin Greaves, fared in a fragile political
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 po  am toy kow  “rotuto” b  o ou-
     . 14 y (1863–1877), p  a     
vy wk  v xt t m v t ut  v ty b  t pp pu  t Ut stt cttut. nw 
    bk bm  m    qy  -
v t  sut c, t y tt t v  bk mjty  t
  . w     bk m p    B y.M   b m, J Jp W, Wm J. Wpp, J i.
 Wt,  Tm e. M w t t t t t t  tt
. My  w b     . Ty w j   p,  b mm, y mm, k  , -b, , b    y  mmb, , ,m,  .
rty k g w o o to m. W   ot  t m o 
 p,  y p    my a am  w
In Freedom's shadow
The Reconstruction Legacy of 
renTy FranklIn Greaves
of Beaufort County, South Carolina
By Giselle White-Perry 
18
Prologue
Fall 2010
 
m  t ow o toy u rotuto 
by. i     a,   mpy 
b  “m mptt uty   But
cuty.” a m v,  w vt t  p 
 am pt ty    pub ,
y  w y   m  y.
 g’ toy  t ommo umpto
  mjy  bk   b ,
  mt  vb t t m  t
 . i w  w  m   b m  b a am   19 y, py      i.
cutu   t w tty t bk  t sut c s i, ptuy 
B y, m  y b   w. mb 7, 1861, w  U f   P
ry su  ptu t Wk  ht h
i, by o f . T  w 
ppy  b m,  y z . Ty 
t t m  ptt  puut  m 
    by U- y.By  m  mp Pm bm -
tv  Juy 1, 1863, ty  bu t tb
   p mbz  kp
twk, u,  . i t mt, gv
m    bm, p,  pb -. dp,  b ,  y  m 
b  ott ompo,  m to  om y 
 p   pm.
Greaves’s early yearsas slave, soldIer
g w bo bout 1844 o l P o t My 
 ( B,  ),    g
 lu g  bot o sy. h   m-y w t popty o nt P[] cow, omy 
 w Jy. w  pp   U..  B y  1830   w  90 . By 1860 ,  w 66 y  w    
$15,000,  po tt u t $68,000,  56 .
 a   1860  , w 
310   mpv   590   umpv
. T    w p w     p  ,   mmy   w
t.  tp   v m xpt
  My    pp  y  wk. m  kw b w m g  
my kw  t mp w  pptuty 
m. l P w  B,    -  b  w,   m  bm f b.
By t tm  w 18, gv   my 
u u t t Wk  ht h. Ty wm t w m t b kw  “tb   w.”
 
dpt  U- tty, t ttu w ut. T U.s. vmt w utt
 kw m   pp b   w m      b m.  m,  m   w bk   w
 t  hu t  dyt h ptt. By M 1863, t tw  Mtv w tb t
p  wy  p  ppy  p-. By 1865,  m p 1,500pp   M.
By March 1863, the town o Mitchelville, at Hilton Head, wasestablished to provide newly reed persons the opportunity topractice sel-governance. Renty Franklin Greaves, like many others inthe community, had opportunities in the postwar years to serve invarious local government ofces.
Prologue
19
In Freedom's Shadow
 
T   w M w -
 w vtuy m by t dyt
my. T   w   f
btw t  w, t U.s.
vmt,  t w w—t
m. g     by   m   U.. i
rvu sv  mpvmt m
 t ppty. hwv,  v 
b    w  m ww.
gv’ t pt w t ft-   xpt    but  
tmto to b  om  mty 
bt. h t  Ju 24, 1863,
 j c  e cmp  t T
  iy, w w  -
oz to compy d, 21t Ut stt
 iy. h    my 
o  tt o  y bo b 
 m   a 16, 1864.g m   b   my  by   m-
y. i t,   ty m  t m t m  t t t  up. hv   . h ty  t vt
uu  tmt  wt
to wo m tt w om out,
 w      w.
 
h w    m    w: “y w/.
 t t u mt   mty v  w t b t  y py
b,   k   w Yk m
  ut m Wt. a mtut   umb    p
m   amy   p  -. a k,  w  b xp pm   k  kp -,  w p,  k. appy g y kw w    w. Up   m
t amy,  tu to hto h, w
 w    y  p.
The reconsTrucTIon years:GeTTInG land and educaTIon
w u w mt  t m m b, u,  -t rtut: ut  .
eut w b   t -
   w m ; 
 w t but   pu by t
mmy.   w mm
 u p  t  bt
 u xpt t b umt  wpp  mu,  u
 w quty bu. how, K-ty
  m w  mm  -
 k But cuty bu t bk pput vy utumb t wt
by   w.
 
B g w ,    -p     w     p.
 
hw, -  w   m mmm;
 bo t t  ot po o mo
 p. h w b  py 
k  bt to  t ompt- o o mot m— owp.
Pvt. Renty Cruel was discharged rom the Army onAugust 16, 1864. He claimed to have been an unwillingenlistee and served or a little more than one year.
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