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 Lucy Petway <I>Holcombe</I> Pickens

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Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens

  • Birth 11 Jun 1832 La Grange, Fayette County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 8 Aug 1899 Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 7445463

Civil War Figure. The only woman pictured on Confederate States Currency, she was known as the "Queen of the Confederacy". She was considered the beau ideal of the Southern Belle and some claim she was the model for Scarlet O'Hara. Her husband, Francis Pickens, became South Carolina's Governor shortly before the Civil War began. Lucy Pickens donated her jewelry and much effort in aiding the doomed Confederacy. In her honor one South Carolina unit named themselves the Holcombe Legion. After the War, her life saw much tragedy,; her husband died and in 1893 her beloved daughter Francis Eugenia Olga Neva Dugas "Douschka" died in her early 30s. She lingered on for a few more years in her Aiken home, Edgewood before passing on in 1899. She had many suitors in her youth, notable among them being William Crittenden, a West Pointer from Kentucky, and nephew of the United States Attorney General John J. Crittenden. William was executed in Cuba in 1851 as part of a failed Filibuster to "Free" Cuba from Spanish Rule. Lucy Holcombe Pickens went on at the age of 19 to write a novel that favored the cause of Cuban Liberation called "The Free Flag of Cuba".

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THIS STONE IS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF A BEAUTIFUL AND GRACIOUS LADY OF THE OLD SOUTH. SHE WAS THE WIFE OF FRANCIS WILKINSON PICKENS, THE WAR GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA FROM 1860 TO 1863.

BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON, CULTURED IN MIND, PATRIOTIC IN SPIRIT. SHE WAS LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: LeeWhite
  • Added: 15 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7445463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens (11 Jun 1832–8 Aug 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7445463, citing Edgefield Village Cemetery, Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .