This distinguished South Carolinian – the great Southern author, poet and novelist – is among the most unfortunate men of the day. He lost all his property and sources of income by the disruption of the country – to the publishers and the holders of his copyrights residing in the North. He had fourteen children. Lately he buried nine of them’ and a few days ago his house and all his effects were consumed by fire. Nothing was saved from the general ruin but his library. – Atlanta (Ga.) Confederacy.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, May 19, 1862, p. 2