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HOW MRS LADD SATED
THE MASONIC JEWELS
My mother. -ts. Catherine Lad
whose name muy be recalled by hun
dreds of her old pupils throug1out 't"
South az one of The most -tz1 an*
successf-l1 teachers nf her day. gavt
up her loved vocation in the be;nn
of the struggle between Sate
and' devoted herself wholly to
cause of the Confederacy. sie h
lived in Winnsboro for, twenty . an
where she had established a largE
and prominent institution of learning.
Her literary talent was recognized as
That among the best. Of 'er poems
one noted said: They are swe t
smooth and flowing, particularly so.
but, like Scotch music, their gayest
notes are sad." In her childhood days
she had been at one time, a playmate
of Edgar Allen Poe. Perhaps she
caught some inspiration for her poems
from these early associaticns.
She was also greatly gifted as a
play wri:er, and her papers on edu
cation. home manufactories and the
encouragement of white labor showed
that she -ealized long before the war
that th!iprosperty of the South would
depend ultimately upon the latter.
When the dark war cloud arose in
its firy in 1861 this grand woman
closed her school, laid aside her pen
and took -.p her needle, and flung her
doors aja:- for the soldiers to enter.
She was; president of the Soldiers'
Aid Associaition all during the war
and by her untiring exertions kept it
well Supplied with clothes.
Once when a gentleman friend said.
to her: "The first time I ev,er saw you,
you were under my father's kitche
looking for old iron vessels to send
off to make shells to kill Yankees
with, the old lady seemed to warm
up to the old war spirit, and replied:
"Oh, yes; and I alsog?ent my full rt
of -German tableware to be melted
into bullets and my fine telescope to
the officers. It was one with which
you could see thirty miles."
She was one"of the originators of
the Confederate flag.
Those were busy days and nights
for her, but her energy never grew
weary. and she never was too tired to
lend her personal supervision to any
At the last, when we lived in dire
dread of the Yankees "coming
through," she .still showed her noble
patriotism. Although but a mere girl:
at the time, I can distinctly recali t
those dark. miserable days when we
listened an::iously for the unwelcome
intruders-how, with almost bated
breath, we watched each night the
ir,cting fires of our beautIful COjum-:
bia and nu<oers ot coutntry homes,
The troubles and a.nxieties of ~:hose
gloomy times had cast their dark sha
dowed; pall over us. and we l'ved in
hourly expectation of. our ultimate -
Oh! Was ft not enough iat our.
fathers, brothers and all naar and
dear to .us should be lain on the sac
rificial altar? No, this could not sa
tiate the unrelenting fury of the ter
rible war fiend.
The torch of the barbarians from
the North, as we viewed Sherman and
his brand-bearing followers, must
come with their destructive work,
leaving in their' tracks only standmn
chimneys, grim sentinels over black
ened ruins where once wvere the comn
kfortable homes and happy firesides of
a brave generous peop1 rlmot4ument
Kto Sherman's relentless pursuit OL.
5war, in which a N ro might have
glorified, from which -t Washington
or a Lee would have shrunk in horror.
Rumors were adicat that they had
orders not to burn our town, and as
they swooped down upon us like wild
Indians, we had this for a hope-a
hope alas! too soon to fade into an
MIy mother's house was ordered to
be gua;rded. 3My father had painted a
large, handsome M1asonic chart, which
stcod on an easel in the parlor.
When the crack and snap of the ir
was first heard and we could see te
red flames leaping up)ward and house
after house saccumb, suddenly we no
ticed a Federal o icer ride up -to our
gate, quickly dismounting. dash into
the house, and, securing this chart.
hurriedly giv;e orders to some .of his
men to dig a hole in the garden, place.
between mattresses and bury it.
Recognizing in this man a membe'
of the M1asonic 'vaternity, mother ask
ed him to fcllow her. and together
they rushed into the already blazing
Iasonie hall and saved the Mlasonic
jewels. She anxiously and frantically
sought the charter, but was prevented
from securing it by the smoke and
flames. knowing as she did that leav
ing her own home for only these ,few
moments meant the loss of all her
own property including the literar'
works of thirty years. We can but
say it was or ly one instance of her
The flames 'oared and crackled and
spread with desperate rapidity, de
vouring every: hing within reach. Only
too vividly can I now recall those
terrible scene;. I can still see the
'glowing blaze which seemed to reach
the lurid heavens, hear the cries of
terr:r-strickerl women, shrieking
' hln, gr,-s- o a ves, all corn
mingled with the taunts and curses
>f a relentless e-vmy, who, filled with
iquors. acted more like demons than
.unan beings. Swiftly as her feet
ould ,!arry her my brave little moth
r put the box containing the jewels
n a place of safety and returned to
er own 2ouse. which was by this
ime burning. The officer ordered his
nen t,. carry out our piano, which
.hIEy di with the loss of one of
egs. Strange to say. the only thing
aved of Mrs. Ligon's piano was one
ez. and it was a coupterpart of moth
r's. I have in my house the old me
od:an which did service in the Episco
)al Church for many years. While
his sacred edifice was burning some
f the heartless vandals carried it
ut into an 'cpen space, and as one of
heir lawless band defiled its virgin
.eys by playing some uncouth tune,
he others leaped and danced- like
eathen savages-danced while our
om4n cried for hopeless mercy.
In 1891 mother was stricken totally
lind, but even thereafter she could
ot fold her hands -in idleness. Her
en has even since brought forth
nany sweet poems.
The following is one among her
ast, written in 189S:
hough our way be dark and dreary.
Though life's trials press us sore,
hou hast mansions for us ready,
Homes where troubles come no more.
my Saviour, guide me, watch me,
Lead me by Thy loving hand;
,et me feel that Thou art .near me,
Until I reach the Promised Land.
,hen the shades'of eve are closing.,
And the hour of death draws near,
,et me feel Thy arms around,me,
I will cross without a fear.
>y faith I'll see my home of rest
in that glorious land afar;
will hear the angels singing,
"Come! the gates of Heaven ajar'
MIRS. K. L. CURETON.
Pickens, S. C.
DEPARTURE-OF OUR VOLUNTEERS
Thursday. being the day aFsigned
r the 6th Regiment of Voluntkers
or Charleston. at the appointed hour
he Fairfield Fencibles and Boyce
xuards were formed under their re
pective commands and escorted to
he passenger depot by the Fairfield
fie Quar,s,. there to take the spe
ial train, which was to bear them
o Columbia. It arrived there in due
ime, bearing the Chester Companies
mnd the Little River Guards. The
cene attendant upon the departure
)f our Volunteers for the seat of
va-r wa.s truly sad and -affecting.
ever before has Winnsbyork witness
d so many iair mournelrs. ' M1others..
vives and sisters followed their lov
d ones to the place of departure to
>id them a sad farewell, and cast a
Ond and* lingering look upon thein as
hey left, and though they shed many
, reluctant and sorrowful tear, still,
ike the Roman 'matrons of old,
)reathing encouragemen,t upon their
ictorious career and safe return,
ey nobly bade them "go and 'return
nly with theii\swords or upon them."
rhe partinig of husbands a.nd wives,
parents and children, brothers and
;isters, friends and relatives,' prepar
1d to meet no more, cast a gloom upon
very face, filled every bosom with
nguish and moistened every eye, and
aas left a veil of gloom hanging over
>ur town. Notwi.thstanding the dem
,nstrationl of regret with which thre
rave volunteers parted from all that
~as dear to them upon earth, still
heir conduct was marked by firmness
md courage and a consciousness of
he justice of the glorious cause in
'hich they were embarking, and a de
erm-ilationl to do or die in defence
hereof, which gave confidence and
:osoation to the fond ones left be
2nd, and told unmistakably that
arolinians could never be conquered.
The sad parting concluded, the~
-histle blew and all being .aboard,
he cars moved off amid the waving
f hats and handkerchiefs and en
husiastic ce1ers.. Five Companies
Left Fairfield on Thursday, to-wit:
re Buck Head Guards, the' Little'
tver Guards, the Fa.irfield Fencibles,
he Boyce Guard's and the Cedar Creek
Rfies. which. together with the Mon
iello Guards. whic'h have been on
luty for some time in Charleston,
nkes six companies Fairfield has
'rnished for achieving Southern in
jependence, and she will furnish yet
nre, if need be.
The order of our boys. even in the
;onious cause of freedom, is as re
markable as it is gratifying to our
State pride. We know there are
many quite young, who have gone
into the ranks of the Volunteers, but
w noted most particularly from
Winsboro Master George D. Ladd,
only 15 years of age, as a member of
h Boyce Cards. Such facts as
these must awaken Lincol.n and his
Cainet to the impossibility which he
has undertaken. On Thursday, about
eight hundred volunteers passed over
he Charlotte and S. C. R. R., and
over two thousand over the Charles
ton road on their way to Charleston.
We learned that the Volunteers all
arrived safely to their destination.
lprivate dispatch received from
that his Regiment will be quarter(
in the city for some time.
Governor Means Would Not Oppo
Col. Rion for Colonelcy.
The card below, published
the Winnsboro Register date n<
given, is both a tribute to Go
ernor Means. who wrote it an
also to Col. Rion, in wose fav(
the declination was made.
To the Cheste- and Fairfield vului
-Having heard through one or :v.
sources tha: i had been put in non
ination for the Colonelcy of the Re,
iment of Volunteers, by some of _ i
friends in ("hester. I take this publi
mode of saying that (though I dul
apprecate their kindness in doin
so) I will not under any circumstanc.
permit :ny name to be used as a cai
didate. nor would I accept it if elec
ed. This course I adopt, not from tb
want of a full appreciation of th
kindness of my friends, nor of th
honor of the position-nor from an
unwillingness to serve my country 1
any capacAty in which I could be us(
ful, but simply because I feel that i
my day I enjoyed a full sha-re of tb
honors of the Brigade, and do n<
think that it-wotild be fair to entE
into a contest for them with anothe
generation. I would make any sa<
rifice for the Regiment that 1 thougl
would promote its good; but I fe(
that there are others younger an
more active who could render it
more eficient service.
When I left home some ten day
ago to take the place on the' Boar
of Ordinahee, to which 1 had bee
called, I thought that it was a settle
thing that Captain Rion was to 1:
elected Colonel. He had been non
inated in both the Chester and Faii
field papers for weeks, and no' oppos
tion had been made to the nominatio,
To this I gave my full assent. whil
feeling no ordinary interest in wh
should command the Regiment con
posed, not only of the sons of my o1
and well-tried friends, but of my ow
kind.red and blood. amongst whoi
was my only son. I felt willing t
commit them to Col. Rion's care, bi
cause I knew him to be intelligen
active, brave. and with all, an accon
plished officer. Under these circui
stances. feeling that neither the Stat
nor the Regiment would lose any
thing by it. I feel less hesitation I:
adopting the course I have.
In conclusion I beg leave to tende
my warmest thanks to 'that portionc
the Regiment who were so kind
to think -me worthy of its comman<
Chesters' Generosity Appreciated.
The card .below, publishedi
the Winnsboro Register, dat
not given, though late in 60 (
early in 61, gives the very happ
relation that existed betwee
Chester and Fairfield Countyi
the selection of officers for ti
To the .Chester and Fairfield VolIn
Having been nominated in the Di
trict papers for the office of Lieutei
ant Colonel of the Sixth Regiment<
Volunteers. I take this method of i
forming those who nominated m~
and -those who have solicited me
run, that I shall not le a ca.ndidate.
While I am thankful 'to my frien<
for their desire of my promotion. y
a sense of justice 'compels me to
nothing that will interfere with Che
ter having the Lieutenant Colonel<
of the Regiment. Chester has gene
ously yielded us -'our choice for Co
onel. in making no opposition to C<
Rion, and it is simple justice th:
Chester should fill the office of Liel
tenant Colonel. Harmony, likewis
I may add. too, that it would r
quire very strong ind-uceme-ntsi
make me sever my connection wii
the company, which 1 have the hon<
to command. and from whom I coul
only part with the deepest regret.
J. N. SHEDD.
Captain Boyce Gua
(Chester Standard and Carolini;
please copy until the 19th inst.
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