“Spilt Milk”: Three Family Cameos

Edmund L. Drago

in Confederate Phoenix

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229376
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234912 | DOI:

Series: Reconstructing America

“Spilt Milk”: Three Family Cameos

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This chapter focuses on the families of David Golightly Harris, Alonzo Vanderford, and John Cumming. These three family men upheld notions of manly honor. David Golightly Harris and Emily Liles had seven children. Harris did not have to join the regular army. During the war, life was hectic for Emily especially when David was gone. Aside from taking care of their children, Emily had to manage slaves. Meanwhile, John and Caroline Cumming, with their three children, resided in Lowcountry. Cumming experienced an adrenalin rush in battle that must have baffled his wife. Lastly, Alonzo and Cynthia Vanderford, along with their only daughter Sallie, were also victims of war. Alonzo left home for war. At home, Cynthia took care of Sallie and sent her husband various items such as food and clothing. All three families were caught up in the quagmire of a destructive and prolonged war that weakened the patriarchy.

Keywords: David Golightly Harris; Alonzo Vanderford; John Cumming; slaves; patriarchy

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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