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This Day in Georgia History

December 30, 1838

Butlers Arrived at Plantation

Pierce Butler, wife Fanny Kemble Butler, and their two young daughters arrived at Butler Island, located upstream near the mouth of the Altamaha River [see Dec. 29 entry]. Here, and on another plantation on St. Simons Island, Fanny witnessed slavery - an institution she opposed - as practiced on her husband’s plantations. Eleven years later, Fanny and Pierce divorced. In 1863, with the Civil War underway, Fanny’s letters and diary from her brief stay in Georgia were published as Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839. These formed an important and insightful firsthand view of slavery.

To view the Butler Island Plantation historical marker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.