Philander Pearsall

March 17, 2008

Philander Pearsall was a grocer in 19th century Wilmington, NC. As spotted in the inventory for the William Dickson Pearson Letter.

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States Rights Gist

March 6, 2008

States Rights Gist

States Rights Gist (September 3, 1831 — November 30, 1864) was a lawyer and Confederate general who served during the American Civil War. A relative of several prominent South Carolinians, Gist rose to fame later during the war but was killed during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in November 1864.

— From an article on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_Rights_Gist

Working in an archive of materials related to the history of the American South, I come across quite a lot of interesting or amusing names.