Charlotte Forten at Port Royal Timelines: The Catto Years

Charlotte Forten, daughter of Robert Forten and Robert Purvis’ niece, heads to Port Royal, South Carolina as a teacher for the Philadelphia Port Royal Commission. The Atlantic Monthly publishes her essays on her experiences, Life on the Sea Islands, in 1864. Charlotte is the granddaughter of sailmaker, James Forten, who amassed one of the largest fortunes in Philadelphia of his times.