This Week in the Civil War - 521

Mar 7, 2013

On Monday, March 9, 1863 in Charlestown, South Carolina James Louis Petigru* died.  An accomplished lawyer and long serving member of the state legislature, Petigru had opposed Calhoun and his nullificationists in the 1830s, preferring to believe in the supremacy of the national government over the states. 

He also opposed the secession of South Carolina in 1860, remarking that "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum."  He remained an avowed opponent of the Confederacy. 

Full of pithy and sarcastic statements, he nevertheless maintained the respect and friendship of many of Charlestown’s leading citizens despite his political views.  Entrusted in 1859 with the codification of the laws of South Carolina, he completed the task in December 1862 months before his death at age seventy-four.