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Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New OrleansThe Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey$
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Melissa Daggett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810083

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.001.0001

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Early Forays into Spiritualism

Early Forays into Spiritualism

(p.39) Chapter 3 Early Forays into Spiritualism
Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Melissa Daggett

University Press of Mississippi

The focus of this chapter is on Henry Rey’s early adult years and his changing role in the nascent Spiritualist movement in New Orleans. The chapter opens with Henry Rey beginning his first register while working as a clerk in Eugène Hacker’s hardware store in Tremé. Biographical information is detailed about Rey’s family and that of his wife’s, Adèle Crocker. Interestingly, Adèle’s father, Pierre Crocker, had a long relationship with Marie Laveau and together they had five children. Early spiritual communications in Rey’s circle were sometimes polemics against the Catholic Church and in particular, Father Morisot of St. Augustine Church. The chapter also discusses some of the peripatetic mediums from the North, such as Emma Hardinge and James Mansfield. The early forays in Spiritualism were curtailed by the outbreak of the Civil War. Henry Rey formed the Economy Unit of the Confederate Louisiana Native Guards, and he himself was the captain.

Keywords:   Rey, Crocker, Laveau, Hardinge, Native Guards

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