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OLD SOLDIER'S LETTER.
Centreville. Va., Feb. 15. 1862.
I ha7e received your welcome letter
*f the 8th inst. It was handed me by
'G. W. C.. who carries the mail. How
glad I am to get a letter from any of
you-you write more than any one
else to me. I am distressed to hear
of the illness of Major Bill Lyles, but
"calamity comes tc all. I am also sor
ry that dear little Isabel is havinz
I went to see Zeb Alobley a few days
ago: he is improving. Dr. Sam 'Mob
ley says that he would like to see you
here, but would hate to have you go
away, for you could not stand it.
It is snowing today right fashior.
I think it has snowed four or five
inches since morning. I am super
numerary today-and also to report
to the wagon yard to fix some brush
around the horse brush shelter, and
to spread some cild tents over the top
to prevent the snow from coming too
much. There was an old dying hrse
lying there while I was spreading the
tents-did not get done. Today the
old guard of our company went out
to cut wood, and there are very few
men left to do duty. We also had to
bring poles to floor the shelter. The
poor horses look miserable. They are
surely entitled to the best treatment
they can get, thon-ugh it is by no
means number one.
Ytsterday, 14th, Valentine Day, our
mess generally spent all the spare
time making pictures and writing val
entines, that is, Dick -;cC., G. W. C.
R. 31., C. S., W. S. and A. G. C. and
myself. I haven't sent mine off yet,
and don't thin-k I will When I have
any business with the fair sex I will
go to them "face to face." Yes, Pa,
who knows that I would have been
a drunkard, if it had not been foi
your example of total abstinence, al
ways turning the cold shoulder to all
invitations of "Come, Squire, take 3
drink." Praise the Lord, honor and
glory to Him for it. Thomes Traylor
is now reading your letter, is pretty
well, is acting Commissary for the
Company, while D. James has gone
home. A. J.. T1. and R. "M. C. are in
tently engaged in a game of chess. G.
W. C. is writing. We drilled yester
day in the skirmish drill. There hac
been some heavy cannonading to
wards Evansport last night and today
That was a sore disaster to our causE
at Roanoke Island. Billy Clowney is
here now. Jim Blain and! Calvin
Brice have gotten back to camp. ThE
way is almost impassable from A1a
nassas to this place.
I continue to get great consolatiol
from the Scriptures and my liturgy:
which I rize. The hymns are excel
lent. J. C. C. has a discharge frote
this term of service. I had a letter
from dear brother David dated the
6th, which I answered. There has
-been great loss of horses here in con
sequence of the hard work, scarcity
of food and poor shelter. Bob 3Iartin
M1iddleton's son, ate dinner with me
today. Dr. Turner is here for his sor.
Yongue, who is sick. G. W. C. is now~
Inez continues to be a fine Cook. We
have had several dress parades late
ly. Capt. Strait is acting as Colonel.
I still have the kettle and oven you
got me at Battery Point. Bill Hoop
paugh is now staying with' his brother
John, who is very sick with pneumO~
nia. I hoDe he will get well, but a
poor fellow cannot have the scoth~
Iing care of a father,' mother or sister
here. but thank God it will not always
be so. Some day "they shall ueat
their swords into plough shares, their
spears into pruning hooks, and every
man shall eat bread 'under his own~
vine and fig tree, and there shall be
none to molest or ma'.e him afraill.'
I often think of Great-grandfather
Feaster; his was a peacefil chiarac
rer. What better life would a man
want than his? Peace. plenty and
happiness crowned his day:s Wh.'t
a change has come over us: We are
rw engaged in civil war. which none
of us can tell the end of.
Some of the fellows mte having a
zreat time snowballing today. J. A.
F. C. is a fine fellow. Pa, he treats
ae like a brother.
R. 31. C. is a good fellow. S. '. S'
is complaining. I de thinlk he can
stand it here. It is ,1ow after supper.
Boykin gave us som'a m,olass'-s for
supper. Our cand'e stick is a piece
cf beef bone. We put the canile in
te 'ac'e where the nur:~ow was W
ha.ve just been remnari:::; a: a fine
man W. S. Lyles was. such a fine tar
mer such a man to b: Id nize hous5es.
n fact, a thorough-goinlg man.
A. F. C. and I played six games of
ces this evening .o which he won
t~o and I one. Amovs Lyles is a ice
boy, just goes thronigi snew about
business like a man. What an honor
to T. 21 L,yles to have such sons as
his are. It -mn ast make him feel proud.
nd if ty continue as they have
started where is the man that will be
happier than he? I am sorry to hear
that our old friend. 31ajor T. Lyles.
issick. It does seem a pity that such
.e have to pay the hard debt of na
're. But everythir.g God has maria
His glory, and we ought not to
.ur. The band is now practicing.
ever received the Rc,m ord papers I
sent? I hear we have Anderson fo:
Brigadier General instead of D. R.
Jones. Pa. how grateful I feel for
your prayers to God for me. Give n,.
love to brothers and sisters, nephews
and nieces, and to my dear father a
Your son, J. C. FEASTER.
Probably the First Lynciig.
In the ear!y part of June, 1865.
shortly after I had reached home
after the great civil strife, our whole
country was thrown into F turmoil lv
the news that *oid Mrs. Ricks,"* wid
ow of Dr. Reeks, had been crim
inal:y assaulted by a negro. Mrs.
Ricks was about 60 years old and was
on her way to the postoffice at Blythe
wood when she was assaulted. She
came to me. crying as if her poor uld
heart would break and related the
story to me. I got all the informa
tion possible from her and sprang
into my saddle and galloped to the
scene of the crime.
I readily found tracks leading off to
a tield near by where a bunch of dar
kies were hoeing cotton under Uncle
Nat McClenigan, an old driver. I
hiched my horse at the fence
and followed the tracks across
several rows of cotton and upon
questioning old Nat I learned
that Josh, a young negro about
20 or 22, had been out in the
woods about two hours before my
arrival. 1 ordered Josh to place his
feet in the tracks leading from the
fence. It was plain to be seen that
they were Iiis own tracks. He by this
time was excited and very nervous.
This evidence was plain. I ordered
him to get over the fence and again,
to make sure, had him measure
I mounted my horse and marched
the negro into the presence of Mrs.
Ricks who immediately recognized
her assailant, and burst forth in tears
"That's the fellow! That's the brute.
want you to kill him!"
Knowing that we had no law to rely
upon, I at once deterniined to deal
out justice to the culprit.
I at once summoned 12 of the oldest
men in the neighborhood, embracing
Benj. Cloud, Hampton Johnson. Sam
uel Lawhorn, Jackson Joyner, John
Raines, Arthur and Joseph Kenedy.
John Laurie, Lewis Perry, Elias Hood,
Hampton Wooten, Simon Faust, and
by this time the whole neighborhood
had assembled, probably about 35
men and boys.
By this time the day had been spent
and after placing the negro under
heavy guard action was deferred. till
morning. We again assembled next
morning about 8 o'clock, some having
remained throughout the night.
I called the assemblage to order
* and made a short talk, impressing
upor their minds that -we must pro
tect our wives, mothers and sisters
from the fieldish hands of the "'new
I furthermore' said that we must
protect the women with our own lives
and after going over the proof of the
undoubted guilt of the negro I formed
a line and said: "All of you who are
in favor of hanging Josh McClenigan
by the neck for the assault on the
person of Mrs. Ricks till his body is
dead. dead, dead, will step three
paces to the front.
Every man, as one, moved three
paces to the front and the negro's fate
was sealed. A rope having been pro
cured. the convict was taken to the
scene of the crime and mounted upon
- a scaffold made of blackjack saplings
and hanged to a leaning tree. Henry
Faust acted as sheriff, mounted the
tree and tied the rope. Eli Faust
'wrecked the seffold and sent the
negro into eternity.
The following year or possibly later,
upon a petition from the people, I
was commissioned captain of home
guard, with J. Q. Davis, first lieu
Some War Experiences.
(By James M. Timmis)
I was in my first battle on White
Oak road live miles below Peters
*burg, Va. On Thursday night, the
Yankees attacked our breastworks at
Burgess Mills. We fought them all
*night Friday night and Saturday
night, then our lines were broken at
our winter quarters near Petersburg.
Va. We fell back to Smith Station.
where we w'ere taken prisoners and
carried to Hart's Island. Just after
we were captured, one Yankee courier
came riding up and called to me, say
*ing, "Hello, Johnny, has Gen. Lee any
*breatsworks across the Appomatox?"
I said, "yes and that he would give
them h- when he got there.'' He
turned his horse and rode away. Very
soon afterwards, the old Yankee gen
eral came riding up and asked the
same question. I gave the same an
swer that he did. He turned his
horse and rode away. One of our
*men asked me why I had told that
lie. I told them that I did not want
all of our men~ captured before they
crossed the river. These were the
hardest fights I have been in. I had
been in several scrimmages before.
b ut did not enjoy any of it much
did not like the night lighting. Still.
I1 liked it better than the prison life.
While we were in prison at Heath's
Island. I met one jolly boy (Johnny
M1itchell.) He used to sing for us.
He sang the song "Davis' Ball." I
would love to know' what has become
of him. Can arny one tell, or can any
"Tne give the wvords to this song. I
thought I would starve there in that
prison. We got a half pint of soup
and live hard taek and two small
pieces of meat a day. We w(ould eat
it at one time. and tnen be hungry.
Had it not been for the stubble crops.
we wouild have starved to death. We'
could buy som,-thing, those that ha<
money. I thought so much of moth
ers chicken dumplings. Those wer'
the hardest. (.arke'st days Of myi life.
Y~ou may know~ of our hunger 1 -
*ne's por people had sent him $4.
HIe went to the sutler's shop and
boug~ht $:2 worth of c'heese and $
wcrth (of crac'kers. He ate them all
but a little. w.hich he gave to a friend
to get him some water. He drank
the' wate'r, andl in a f' wv minut'-s the
noor man 'was cold in death. The
Yankees wvere cruel to us. they killed
one of our boys. as he was sick and
had gone to the well to get som
water. ~It was against the rules for
any one to wash at the wve!!. They
shot him and carried him away. While
there in prison Lincoln wvas kill&d.
The guards had orders to sho'ot any
of us~ who would (cheer, as the news
of Lincoln's death reached us. They
said to us. if we cheer'd. they would
kill us all. an.d as Gen. Lee had sur
rendered, we were to take the oath
of allegiance. The' Yanke';s orderec
us to march Out, and told us any that
hadi been wiing a' take the oath
bel'nre L'ee had surrender'ed and Rich
mond fell to march out three lee's~
in frent. Lots of our men went mr..
trom \Virginia and North Carolina.
and one only from South Carolina.
anid as he started S:!as Ruff called te
him to come hack. and asked him iI
to leave the prison, it was told t
me that we South Carolina soldier
would stay there to be hanged for th
lives of old Sherman's men who wer
bush-whacked in South Carolina.
told them that if the rest were t
be hanged that I was willing an
ready to go with them. One of th
iYankee sergeants talked with me o
the beginning of the war. He wa
from Massachusetts. I told him i
Massachusetts and South Carolina ha
started the trouble to let Massachu
setts and South Carolina fight it ou1
that we South Carolina men would di
before we would let 'Massachusett
whip us. He laughed and we went o:
our way home.
As we landed in New York, ther
is when we got one square mea
The ladies were good and kind to u
They gave us all we wanted to ea
and hats and shoes to wear. The
shed tears and begged us to sta
there. They said that Sherman ha
burned us out of house and hom(
and that we were coming home t
starve. I told them that we wer
coming home to starve with our pec
ple, with our fathers and mothers an
wives, and that we had been starvin
anyway, and as we set sail for Sa
vannah a storm struck us. That i
where I heard the most earnest praY
ers in my life. Our men could stan
the storm on land, but not on sez
Some -said if they ever got their feE
on land again, they would never tak
the water, and some did walk froT
Savannah, Ga., to Ridgeway, S. C.
We stayed one week at Savanna!
iand from that place we came
Hilton Head, then to Charleston, the
to C.rangeburg. We walked home frori
there. Got home on the fourth (
July, 1S65. We found our homes ha
been destroyed, as the New York la
dies had told us. Our fathers an
our mothers wvere without any house
and something to eat. That was mn
first time to come home and not fin
something to eat, as that crowd
Sherman's had ruined our countr:
but it was not long until you coul
have plenty again, and now as th~
time glides slowly but surely on. an
as we look around us and see ou
comrades, our loved ones falling fror
day to day, as they did in the cruf
bloody war, it will not be long be
fore the last of us will be laid awa:
They are passing out from this eart
to their reward in the great beyon<
yet still in our memories they liv
We love them in life, we love theT
in death. When we all sha
have been laid away, we hop
that some day we will rue<
in that bright land above where wa3
death and hell shall have no powel
and as we are passing out one by on<
let us still sing, "'Praises to the Go
of War, to the God of Peace an
the God of our Free Country."'
Memorial Day Forever.
(Lucian L. Knight in The Greninvill
"Let the magnolia forsake it
lofty bough! Let the lilies c
the valley join the mountail
laurels in beauty's pilgrimage t
knighthood's holy land! Come
spirit of the Mother South
Come from the mansion' s pi!
lared pomp! Come from th
hovel's humble heart! Tak
toll of the gardens where th
roses bkom and squande
the garlands where the lov'
doneslie!Bid the liveoak dcl
hoes ie' weeds in the wood
lands depes solitudes an<
the farthest couch on which.
warrior dreams! Zephgrs
sweep your molian harps! River
chant your funeral requiems
Ocean, peal your organ thunders
Your theme today is Dixie'
dead. Let the willow's weep o1
every lowland plain! Let th<
cedars sigh on every highlant
height! And if an known grav
in spring and summer, it's
the natural time to store up
health and vitality for the
is Natpre's best and quick.
est help. Afl Dressists
be overlooked, O Dixie, round a
eidew drop there and whisper irq
the South wind's softest breath:
"Thy mother loves thee still!":
e Chrlotte Hardware Grows.
f';Separating Wholesale and Retail
on Corner of Sixth and Rail
e road with 25,000 Feet Floor
t Secured-Increasing Salesman
from Four to Six.
To keep pace with the exten
sion of its business and the
rowth of Charlotte Hardware
YiCompany is enlarging its stock'
v1,of goods and separating. the,
S a wholesale and retail departments
The company has been very suc
cessful during the four years of
its life and it has become neces
sary to secure re asnoor space
and make and addition to the
d,stock of good in order to cope
It th e grwihng business.
; eOMr. W. W. Hagood is erectng a
uwholesalen d reta dert of th
Tcoerny Ths bildng very suc
its lilfcnsrto and ithaurcoencs
sary0t0 seure moore ofoor space
then maeaad adon othe
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wit erth u groin businyae.
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lemson Agricultural College Ex
The examination for .the
ward of scholarships in Clemson
kgiutral College will be held
AgruthCunt Court House on
riday, July 8th, at 9 a. m.
pplicants must fill out proper'
forms, to be secured from the
ounty Superintendent of 2du
ation, before they will be al
owed to stand the examinations.
or detailed information, apply
o the Superintendent of Clemson
Applicants for admission to
he College, but not seeking for
he scholarships, will also stand
etrance examinations at the
ourt house July 8th.
The scholarships are worth
100 and free tuition.
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The next session of the col
ege opens Sept. 14th, 1910.
Cost and Cowrses of Study.
(2) Agriculture and Chemistry.
(3) Agriculture and Aniamal
(4) Chemistry and .Geology.
(5) Civil Engineermng.
(6) Mechanical and Electrical
(7) Textile Industry.
Cost per session, including
oard, Laundry, Heat, Light,
niform and all fees, $118.70.
Boks and all other miscellane
us supplies, about~ $20.00. For
tudents who pay tutition, $40.
For catalog and information,
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