By Tamara Miner Haygood
"Provides an interesting and illuminating view of the tradition of the South and the examine of common background. . . . Ravenel's achievements, Haygood argues, refute Clement Eaton's rivalry that slavery stifled artistic notion; in addition they regulate the extra extravagant declare for southern equality with northern technological know-how made in Thomas Cary Johnson's medical pursuits within the previous South (1936)." —American ancient Review"Convincingly argues for the significance of those center years to knowing American technological know-how and vividly illustrates the impression of the Civil battle on technology. . . . Ravenel, a geographically remoted planter with a school measure yet no medical education, controlled to function considered one of America's prime mycologists, regardless of continuous monetary and scientific difficulties and the disruption of the Civil conflict. This vigorous account of his lifestyles and paintings is instantaneously inspiring and tragic." magazine of the historical past of Biology"A completely relaxing biography of 1 of the $64000 American naturalists, botanists, and mycologists of the 1800s. . . . actually an exceptional contribution to the historical past of yank science." —Brittonia
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Extra info for Henry William Ravenel, 1814-1887: South Carolina scientist in the Civil War era
The Disruption of War, 18601865 94 7. Getting By, 18651869 112 8. A Botanist Once More, 18691887 132 Epilogue 150 Conclusion 152 Notes 159 Bibliography 186 Index 200 Page x Illustrations Henry William Ravenel frontispiece Moses Ashley Curtis 39 Ravenel's home at Northampton 48 Edward Tuckerman 48 Miles Joseph Berkeley 54 Ravenel's residence in Aiken 140 Page xi Acknowledgments During the course of work on Henry Ravenel, it has been my pleasure to meet many kind people who paved my road with their knowledge and enthusiasm.
There was, in fact, no member specializing in life sciences, nor was this state of affairs unusual. America's first collegesHarvard, Yale, William and Maryand those relative newcomers of the eighteenth centuryPrinceton, the College of Philadelphia, Columbia, Brown, Rutgers, and Dartmouthconcerned themselves much more with physical science than with natural history, and the tradition they established was carried into the nineteenth century. This was hardly surprising, for biology did not emerge as a discrete science until the nineteenth century,14 and comparative anatomy and botany were considered mainly the province of the medical curriculum.
The bride was twenty-one-year-old Mary Esther Dwight, but Mary Esther was dead within a year, and again on May 21, 1821, Ravenel remarried. Henry William remembered clearly the wedding of his father and Elizabeth Catherine Porcher, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Mazyck Porcher of Ophir Plantation in Saint Stephens Parish. The little boy had stayed with his grandparents through both of his father's courtships, and he remained with them now. René Ravenel died in 1822, and Henry William continued to live with his grandmother until her death in November 1826.