SLAVE SALE, WITH PRICES REALIZED, FROM ROSELAND PLANTATION, SOUTH CAROLINA
[AMERICANA - AFRICAN-AMERICAN] A BROADSIDE ADVERTISING THE SALE OF "122 PRIME NEGROES" AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, FEBRUARY 18, 1857. 17 x 14 inches, printed in black on light blue paper, with two creases from folding into quarters. Advertisement for a sale of the slaves belonging to the estate of C. M. Huguenin, 122 slaves from the estate, along with 18 belonging to the Huguenin children, and 8 belonging to the infant C. J. Huguenin. The "Prime Negroes" are listed by first name, along with age and with occasional mention of type of work description: "field hand," "plantation nurse," "coachman," etc. To be held at the Sales Room of Capers & Heyward, Charleston. Posted by R. J. Davant, Commissioner. This broadside was likely carried to the auction where the sale prices realized along with pencil notes were added. The notes included physical condition, and relations ("Family," "Lame leg,""Mother and children"). Roseland Plantation the home of the Huguenin and the aforementioned slaves was among the largest and most beautiful in South Carolina. Dr. Henry O. Marcy, surgeon with the Union Army described it in his diary as "one of the most lovely spots I have ever seen. Pen would fail to do it justice. It is near the Coosawhatchie River situated on high ground, in a splendid grove of live oaks of a centuries growth. Outhouses and all at a distance bear the look of a country village. Every outhouse was nicely whitewashed. The grounds were beautifully laid and splendidly kept....The slaves had been all removed...From a colored man I learned that the father had died a few years previous and left 9 plantations and several hundred slaves to two sons and two daughters...." This broadside exists as evidence of a different side of this southern idyll and is a powerful historical document. A few small closed tears here and there at joints, minimal loss of text. Slave auction broadsides with contemporaneous notations are particularly rare.