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South Carolina 1863 Annie Pickens and Andrew de Rochelle Wedding
Posted by: Wiggins (ID *****1899) Date: September 07, 2008 at 21:58:10
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I am not related nor doing any research ont he Pickens family from South Carolina, but I recently found an old newspaper article in a scrapbook and it reads as follows:

Killed At Her Wedding
In the midst of the great events of the war, such incidents as the following were comparatively unnoticed, and left to be long afterward related in print:
Miss Annie Pickens, daughter of the Governor of South Carolina, was to be married April 22, 1863, in Charleston, to Lieutenant Andrew de Rochelle. The wedding party was assembled in the Pickens residence, and the clergymen was asking the bride if she was ready, when a shell from a Union gun in the harbor broke into the room and burst. Nine persons were hurt, but only Miss Pickens' wounds proved mortal. She bore the pain with wonderful fortitude and was unmoved when informed that she had only an hour or two to live. De Rochelle said that he would like to have her die his wife, and the poor girl smiled assent. The guests remember the scene as far more pitiful than they can describe. The bride lay on a sofa, her dress dabbled in blood and her hair disheveled, while her paled face was so wrung with agony that her efforts became futil. The ceremony was hurriedly performed, though the bride's "yes" was in a faint, labored whisper, and her lips hardly moved in response to her husband's kiss. She died immediatly afterward.




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