1722-1793 Eliza Lucas Pinckney is a woman whose name and public accomplishments are well-known. Much has been made of her role while still in her teens as administrator of her father’s South Carolina plantations while he carried out his duties as Colonel and Governor of Antigua, and of her successful cultivation of indigo as the crop crucial to South Carolina’s eighteenth-century economic prosperity. That to her roles of plantation mistress and agricultural entrepreneur she later added the accomplishment of rearing two sons, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825) and Thomas Pinckney (1750-1828), key southern revolutionary and early national era military and political leaders, has only added to her image as a plantation mistress and Republican mother. While these public aspects of Pinckney’s career are well known, her personal story as a woman is more obscure. After her marriage to Charles Pinckney in 1744, her energies refocused on raising her children and on managing her husband’s households in Charleston and on his nearby plantations. When Charles died of malaria in June 1758, Eliza once again found herself the chief administrator of the business of plantations. Her role as family matriarch and then as a refuge for her children’s growing families during the chaos of early British attacks on (and then later occupation of) Charleston during the Revolutionary War, her descriptions of her wartime losses and those of her children, and throughout it all her continuing close ties with friends in England are among the themes and events chronicled in her correspondence. Contribute to the Wikipedia biography of Eliza Lucas Pinckney.