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In Their Own Words

August 28, 1893

Hurricane Recorded in Journal

John Girardeau Legare of Darien, Georgia recorded the passage of what came to be known as the “Sea Islands Hurricane” (see This Day in Georgia History) in his journal:

“…Cyclone-A terrible cyclone passed by yesterday…A heavy rain fell almost continuously all yesterday and last night…Although the storm blew from N.W. the tides were immense, covering Generals Island four to five feet deep and rafting 106 acres of rice that I had just finished harvesting, that is, cutting, tying and stacking in the fields. A large amount of my rice was carried out over the banks and to sea by the receding tide. I estimate that I lost $1500.00 worth of rice by this storm. I was the only planter that had cut any rice on this river and so I was the only one who lost any rice. In this sense, ‘the early bird did not catch the worm,’ but was caught itself instead… The damage done on the South Carolina coast is dreadful, the loss of like at Beaufort and in its vicinity being around 1000 persons and the property loss is immense. Savannah estimates her loss at $100,000. Charleston put hers at $110,000. Savannah reports 20 lives lost. …”

Source: Buddy Sullivan, ed. The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower, The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London, 2010, p. 47.