Story about Leonard Huguenin and the 144th NY

I grew up on Roseland Plantation on Broad River just above Boyd's Landing. We have some impressive breastworks on the property facing the Broad River. I thought you may be interested in that the two family homes were burnt in I believe February 1865 by a platoon of the 144th N.Y. on a foray on the river up to Pocataligo. As our house was burning, the soldier in charge was going through the family papers and noticed it was a Huguenin house. As luck would have it, he was a Leonard Huguenin from New York, a cousin. His brother wrote us a letter after the war explaining that Leonard honestly tried to put the fires out but was too late. He saved what he could and sent it back to us after the war. What does this have to do with Honey Hill? Leonard was the color bearer!

Roseland and Point Comfort were the burned plantations of Capt. Abram Huguenin, my great-grandfather. His first cousin Capt. Thomas Abram Huguenin was the last Confederate commander of Fort Sumter. Thomas was also an Artillery Commander on Wagner and the last Confederate on Battery Wagner before it was abandoned. He was the gentleman in charge of spiking the cannon. Abram's brother Capt. Julius Gillison Huguenin was an Artillery Commander on Battery Greg, immediately behind Wagner. I also have documents that suggest the three pilots of blockading schooners in Charleston harbor were Isaac, Neptune and Samuel Huguenin. From their names, and the fact that I am familiar with all the S.C. Huguenin's, I can say they were probably black. If they were black then they had to be freed slaves and the only Huguenin slaves that would have known Charleston Harbor had to be from Thomas Abram's plantation.

-- Julius Abram Huguenin

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