Item #1389 Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix. Champomier, 1794-?, ierre, ntoine.
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix
Important Crop Report for Louisiana Sugar Produced by Slave Labor

Statement of the Sugar Crop of Louisiana, of 1861-62. With an Appendix

New Orleans: Printed by Cook, Young & Co., 1862. Printed yellow wraps over stitched binding. Duodecimo. x, [blank leaf], 46, [blank leaf] pages. There is some separation of covers at heel and head of spine but negligible loss. Fine overall.

A rare detailed record of sugar produced by slave labor in Louisiana, ending with the Union Army invasion of the state in 1862.

Pierre Champomier spent 3 months of the year visiting each sugar plantation in Louisiana over 14 years, and issued detailed annual reports between 1844 and 1862. This was his final report due to the tremendous disruptions of the Civil War.

The crop of 1861 had set a record at nearly 460,000 hogsheads of sugar produced, but with slave labor effectively ended by the 1862 invasion by Union Army, it would take over 20 years to surpass that production level. Champomier's last line in his Introduction to this final report notes that "A considerable portion of the Cane-growing region has been disturbed, while some plantations are left almost entirely bare of working hands."

The Introduction is dated August 18, 1862, a few months after the Federal occupation of New Orleans. There is not, therefore, universal agreement as to whether this is a Confederate imprint. Jumonville says not, but Parrish and Willingham include it. In any event, an important last look at Louisiana's sugar production with slave labor.

Ref. PARRISH & WILLINGHAM 5236; JUMONVILLE 3242.


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