Southern Cultivator

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Southern Cultivator
Founder(s)J. W. Jones
W. S. Jones
PublisherJ. P. Harrison
EditorDennis Redmond
Charles Wallace Howard
Ceased publication1872
HeadquartersAugusta, Georgia

The Southern Cultivator is a defunct agrarian publication in the Southern United States.


The journal was started by J. W. Jones and W. S. Jones in Augusta, Georgia in 1843.[1][2][3] Its publication started prior to De Bow's Review, which was established three years later, in 1846.[3] Indeed, the Southern Cultivator has been said to be "the Confederacy's oldest, strongest, and intellectually most impressive agricultural journal."[3] Its editors were Dennis Redmond and Charles Wallace Howard.[3] Its publisher was J. P. Harrison.[4]

Southern Cultivator was published twice a month.[1] After the American Civil War of 1861-1865, its offices moved to Athens, Georgia.[1] It was then moved to Atlanta.[1] It later absorbed other similar publications, including the Dixie Farmer.[1] The journal ceased publication in 1872.[5]


The primary readership of the journal was Southern planters.[3] As a result, much of the content focused on agricultural matters.[3] However, it also published articles about politics, education and literature.[3] Indeed, the byline read, "Devoted to Southern Agriculture, Designed to improve the Mind, and Elevate the Characters of the Tillers of the Soil, and to Introduce a More Enlightened System of Culture.".[6]

A large number of poems written by Confederate poets were published in its pages.[3] They also described books published in the North as "evil."[3] Moreover, author Bill Arp (1823-1906) had a monthly column in the journal.[4] As the journal publisher, J. P. Harrison, also served as the publisher of Arp's books, the Southern Cultivator' also ran advertisements for those books.[4]

Among its pages, some readers also discussed the recipe of mustang wine, a wine made from mustang grapes in Texas.[7]


It has been digitalized by Duke University Libraries.[1] Original copies are kept at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Duke University, and Princeton University.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Duke University Libraries: Southern Cultivator
  2. ^ WorldCat
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Michael T. Bernath, Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Univ of North Carolina Press, 2010, p. 86 [1]
  4. ^ a b c David B. Parker, Alias Bill Arp: Charles Henry Smith and the South's Goodly Heritage, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2009, pp. 94-95 [2]
  5. ^ "Commercial Periodicals from the Southern U.S., 1811-1877" (PDF). EbscoHost. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ Google Books
  7. ^ Southern Cultivator, Volume 18, pp. 154-155 [3]
  8. ^ HathiTrust