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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WED?Jf DAY, DECEMBER 2, 1914
Part Taken in Battle of Frank
lin, Tennnessee by The
South Carolina Troops.
The following account of the bat
tle of Franklin was taken from the
???ws and Courier of April 14,
1914, and will be of interest to
many of our readers.
To the Editor of The News and
Enclosed I hand you an extract
from the official report of Col. (af
terwards|Brig. Gen.) Ellison Capers,
of the part his regiment, the 24th
South Carolina, bore in the battle
of Franklin. Tenn., Nov. 30 1864.
It is taken from volume XLV, part
1, serie? 1, pages 733-39, of the offi
cial records of the Union and Con
federate armies, in the war depart
ment library. As it refers to the
heroism and gallantry of some of
the officers and men of that regi
ment, I think it fitting that it should
be published for the benefit of their
descendants, as well as for the
The a4th and 16th South Caroli
na regiments grandly illustrated
your st?,te in that battle, as in all
others in which they participated,
and I think the descendants of the
men who distinguished themselves
should be reminded of it. The col
ors of the 97th Ohio volunteers,
caotured by Lieut. Tillman and his
gallant men, I saw the morning af
ter the battle and was told they had
been captured by a lieutenant of
the 24th South Carolina, but I did
not know the officer's name until I
read Col. Caper's report.
I was a member of Company C,
2nd Georgia battalion sharpshoot
ers, in Gist's brigade, and we led
the attack in advance of the divis
ion that day. I will be glad if you
will publish this and that some one
will send me a copy of that issue.
The extract, follows: . .
~^AT)?^?? of -
James A Tillman of the 24th South
Carolina, led his own company (l,)
and men from other companies of
the regiment in a charge against
the enemy over the work and cap
tured the colors of the 97th Ohio
volunteer infantry aud some forty
prisoners. The regiment held its po
sition, as did the brigade, against
repeated attempts to drtve it from
the work, until about midnight,
. when the enemy retired and left our
army in possession of the bloody
field of Franklin. I was shot down i
before reaching the last, work, and
have reported the facts occurring
after my wound upon the statement
of the men and officers who visited
me at the hospital on the next day.
At the close of the battle Capt.
Gillis, of the 46th Georgia, was the
senior officer of the brigade; of the
general (Gist) staff, Capt. H. D.
Garden alone remained. Before we
reached the locust abatis the ranks
of thefiregiment were decimated by
the direct and enfilade fire of the
enemy, and the lieutenant colonel
and myself had both been sbot
down, yet the company officers led
their men forward, worked their
way through the abatis and assault
ed the main work. Lieut. Galley, of
Company F, and Lieut. Padgett of
Company I, with many of the men,
were killed beyond the work.
I would specially commend the
gallant conduct of Lieut. James A.
Tillman, commanding Company I,
who led his company over the work
.and captured the flag and some for
ty prisoners of the 97th Oliio regi
ment, Lieut. Tillman specially com
mends the gallantry of privates J.
P. Blackwell, Anderson Walls and
J. E. O. Carpenter in this affair. I
would also mention specially the
gallantry of privates Prewett and
Mock, both of whom were killed on
the last line *of the enemy. Lieut.
W. M. Beckham, of Company G,
acting adjutant; Capt. Bowers of
Company D; Lieuts. Claud S. Beaty,
Company F; Adrian C. Appleby,
Company C; C. D. Easterling, Com
pany B; McDaniel, Company N,
and Andrews, Company K, w^re
conspicuous in the field tor their
The conduct of these officers
came under my notice but I have
no doubt others acted with equal
gallantry whose conduct did -not
come under my immediate notice.
Private Adam Carpenter bore the
flag with courage and faithfulness,
and color-corporals Jones, Company
MT. ZION NEWS.
Modern School Building, Honor
Roll, Thanksgiving Enter
tainment. Clean-up Day
Dear Advertiser:- I Lave never
had the pleasure of reading a letter
in jour paper from any member of
the Mt. Zion school so I have at
last decided to write this one time
and if it escapes the waste basket
probably I will com? again.
First, I will tell you about our
school building, etc. We have a
handsome new building with mod
ern equipments. Our teacher is a
young lady from your town, Miss
Mamie Cheatham. We have four
teen pupils enrolled, ranging from
the first to ninth grade. Our first
month's work has been completed
and those who made the required
averagejfor honor roll were Marie,
Lilla Mae. Bronteeand Dewey Pad
gett, Mildred and W. A. Pardue,
Covie and J. C. Smith.
We observed "Clean-up day"
Friday November 13, and although
it required a steady putting forth
of energy the day through we suc
ceeded in making our school grounds
much more attractive.
Miss Cheatham gave a lunch par
ty at the school house last Thursday
evening. You see it was on Thanks
giving; that jolly time of the year
which, next to Christmas, is the
most happy time of the year.
So everything conspired to
make the occasion almost ideal.
Even those, who came a long dis
tance were impressed with the beau
tiful weather as even the generous
moon lent it silvery beams to dis
pel the darkness altogether. The
school house was tastefully decorat
ed for the occasion. The color
scheme of white and green was
beautifully carried out.
After disposing of the bountiful
lunches there was a very interest
ingen w?s declared to be the most
poetical one of the occasion and
carried away ?he prize of six lovely
The last, but not least enjoyed,
was an old-fashioned cake walk of
which Mr. Willie Bush was the
Well, Thanksgiving with its en
jovment has passed by like a sweet
dream and now follows a rush, her
alding the approach of Christmas.
U. D. C. Programme.
The United Daughters of the
Confederacy will meet at the resi
dence of the president, Mrs. J. II.
Nicholson, on the afternoon of Dec.
8, at 3:30 o'clock. After the open
ing with the Lord's Prayer, and a
business session, the . historical pro
gramme will begin by a paper on
"Why Fort Sumter was Bom
barded", Mrs. Mamie X. Tillman.
A Message from the President-Gen
eral. Mrs. Daisey McLaurin Stevens
delivered at the Savannah conven
tion, will be read by Mrs. R. A.
Marsh. Founder of U. D. C., Mrs.
Lovick Smith. The report cf the
Yorkville meeting will be made by
Mrs. Mamie Lake, the historian.
The musical number will be ren
dered by Mrs. W. S. Cogburn and
Miss R?sela Parker.
A Test for Liver Complaint
The Liver, sluggish and inactive,
first shows itself in a mental state
unhappy and critical. Never is
there joy in living, as when the
Stomach and Liver are doing their
-vork. Keep your Liver active and
healthy by using Dr. King's New
Life Pills; they empty the Bowels
freely, tone up vour Stomach, cure
your Constipation and purity the
Blood. 25c at Druggist, Bucklen's
Arnica Salve excellent for Piles.
B, and Morgan, Company K, were
both wounded. Lieuts. Weeks, Com
pany C; Tatura, company B, and
Millen, company H, were severely
wounded on the field. I would
specially commend the gallantry and
devotion of the litter corps, under
private Joseph Breland. They kept
up with the regiment and rendered
prompt assistance to the wounded
several of them being themselves
wounded on the field."
Frank Stovall Roberts.
Washington, D. C. *
Petitions Will Be ?ireulated Asking
For an Eleetionjbn State-Wide
To THE PEOPLE OF EDGEFIELD Cot
In all movements or reforms, pa^^ularly moral reforms, the failure
to constantly press forward, ultimately means retrogression, and as tho
forces of evil are never idle, it behooves those who ?re interested in the
moral uplift of the country to be equally as alert and active.
Had Judge John Belton O'Neall ?nd others among pioneer prohibi
tionists in South Carolina been satisfied with what had been achieved,
and rested upon theiroars instead of
there would doubtless to-day be-a distillery or licensed tavern at practi
ideavoring to win other victories,
As we are now enjoying the
striven in the past to stem the
and the strong publi : sentiment
constrain me to believe to the
cally every cross-roads in the count
fruits of the labors of those who ha'
tide of intemperance, we in turn should press forward with renewed
zeal to the end that conditions be stu?jmore improved for those who shall
come after us. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberation from the dom
ination of whiskey.
It is generally known that theresa movement on foot looking to
the placing of South Carolina in lin^jftfth the fourteen States that have
adopted State-wide prohibition, whichjff carried to a successful conclu
sion wiil forge another link in the chop of national prohibition.
It has been the pride and boast of?Edgefield county in the past that
she has always been found in the foreffrcnt of, every movement having
for its purpose the betterment of South Carolina. Will she be found
lagging in this exigency? The progressive spirit and intelligence of our
people, the quickened public consciem
against the sale of intoxicating liqi
The plan adopted at the recent prohibition conference in Columbia
. provided for the immediate circulatia&of petitions in every county in the
State asking the legislature to ordern election upon the question of
State-wide prohibition some time next|summer. As next year is an off
year, politically, the question can the|better be settled upon its merits
as a moral issue, being divested of p?i?cs and the personalities of can
didates for office. ''??.
There is practically no doubt thatg?he legislature will act favorably
upon the petitions, as the members o??fe general assembly are servants,
not masters, of the people. Furthermore, the request is a reasonable
one. The lawmakers will not be aske$to enact a State-wide prohibition
law, but simply to provide a way f?rike people themselves to pass upon
this vital question at a time when it ?$0 be stripped of all political com
In my judgment it would not beV\yise for the legislature to pass a
prohibition law merely upon the pr^aitation of petitions asking that
such a law be enacted. But, on the jjra|er hand, to refuse a request that
the people be allowed to vote on the ?u?stion would be an untenable po
sition, one that the wise and prudent servant of the people will not
"There is a tide in the affairs of men .
finch taken at the flo.-jd Meads on to fortune;
bound in shallows ancf miseries. "
As with men, so with a State. These lines from Shakespeare are
apropos at this juncture in that there is alaw-enforcement, anti-whiskey
wave sweeping South Carolina, and if we fail to turn this opportunity
to profitable account by voting out whiskey altogether, the future voy
age of the proud old Ship of State may be hopelessly "bound in shallows
and in miseries."
As dispensary sales in some small towns in "wet" counties are said
to be almost as large as the sales of grocery stores, dry good stores and
drug stores combined, it is probable that the people in those counties
viii welcome an opportunity to vote out the temptation. As long as
there is a dispensary in easy reach, appetites for whiskey will be grati
fied, even if, owing to the reduced income incident to the financial
stringency, comforts and necessities for the family have to be curtailed.
There has been a perceptible revulsion of sentiment concerning the
right of a dispensary county to demoralize adjacent counties through
the sale of whiskey. There are many persons who believe that Lexing
ton county should not be permitted to establish a dispensary at Bates
burg to the demoralization of the people of Saluda.
Why is it that the question of local or county option is seldom or
neyer raised except with reference to whiskey? The eleven dispensary
counties that claim the right to sell whiskey to the disregard of the
other part of the State did not demand that they had a right to plant
their usual acreage in cotton next year when the recent cotton reduction
acreage law was enacted. :.
Their planting a normal acreage next year would militate against
the interests of farmers of adjoining counties; hence they were very
properly denied that right and included in the State-wide law. But at
present they are allowed to sell whiskey to the injury of farmers' sons
and laborers in adjoining counties. See the manifest injustice of county
option as at present applied?
Let's come nearer home. The abatement of the whiskey evil is not
the only thing which requires a State-wide law. We already have hun
dreds of State-wide prohibitory laws on the statute books, among them
being a law to prohibit the purchase of seed cotton except at certain sea
sons. Suppose Aikm county should claim the right to purchase seed cot
ton ad libitum and were permitted to do so under the law. Through the
exercise of this right or privilege, Aiken citizens (purchasers of seed
cotton) would cause farmers of Edgelield county untold annoyance and
loss by having their cotton stolen and carried to Aiken under cover of
Would not Edgefield farmers and merchants who hold mortgages of
negroes' cotton rise en masse and demand that Aiken county be included
in the State-wide law, and denied the right or privilege of purchasing seed
cotton to the injury of EJgefield?
Aiken is now under the State-wide prohibition law with reference to
seed cotton, consequently our people do not suffer. The object of the
prohibition movement is to put Aiken and the other dispensary counties
under a State-wide law with reference to whiskey, so Edgefield and
other counties will not suffer from whiskey.
If we would rise in our might to protect and promote our material
interests, should not the people of Edgefield county be all the more ac
tive in stamping out that which does infinitely more than injure our peo
Being a member of the prohibition executive committee from Edge
field, it becomes my duty to have the petitions circulated in every sec
tion of the county. In a few days these petitions will be placed in the
hands of one or more persons in your community, and I very earnestly
invite the hearty co-operation of all who are interested in the cause of
temperance, to the end that Edgefield send up a large petition to the
legislature. I appeal especially to the members of the Woman's Chris
tian Temperance Union, who are always ready to lend a helping hand in
the matter of winning prohibition territory.
Discuss the prohibition movement with your friends as you chance to
meet them, and urge them to sign a petition whenever an opportunity is
given them, thereby making it easier for those who will take upon them
selves the work of circulating the petitions.
J. L. MIMS.
D. ?. R Feast Thoroughly En
joyed. Parade a Pleasing
Feature of Thanksgiving
Day- School Sociable.
Th? 'Thanksgiving dinrer gi vpn,
by the D. A. R. Chapter wa3 a suo
sess 'sociably and financially and a
nice sum was added to the funds al
ready on hand, with which the
Daughters hope atan early date to
build a hall with a library in con
nection. The parade of baby car-,
nages, wagons, bicycles and ponies
was a much enjoyed feature of the
afternoon and brought out a large
number of interested spectators.
The beautifully dressed babies, in
their beautifully decorated carriages
presented a picture of perfect love
liness, and when the decision was
made by the judges, Mrs. Leila
Leppard, Mrs. Bettis Cantelou and
Miss Lucile Cul lum, it was found
that the prige bad been awarded
the carriage with decoration* of
yellow and white, the occupant be
ing pretty little Mamie Frances
Miller, baby of Mr. and Mrs. A. B.
Miller. This is Trenton's first at
tempt along this line and it is only
a beginning of what promises to be
undertaken on a larger scale another
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Leppard
have returned to their home in Co
lumbia, after having spent the week
end with friends and relatives here.
Mrs. L. D. Crouch with ber ex
pression class and several well train
ed choruses gave an entertainment
atthe8chool house on Friday eve
ning that again evidenced her abili
te as a teacher. Each girl did her
self proud and showed careful train
ing, but special applause was given
little Eloise Crouch who at the age
of four made her appearince on the
stage and gave a perfectly dear lit
tle speech. After the program was .
concluded Mrs. Crouch served re
freshing supper to the large num
ber :of guescs-preser^--- . - -
Mrs. A. C. Penn who has had
such a long spell of sickness is con
valescing to the delight of those
who know and like ther. During
her sickness the attentions from her
friends have been exceptionally ten
der and beautiful.
Mr. and Mrs. Garland Coleman
are enjoying the pleasures that a
beautiful new Ford is capable of
Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan gave a
delightful dining on Thanksgiving
day, to which were bidden quite a
number of congenial friends. Rev.
and Mrs. R. G. Shannonhouse were
the honored guests from Edgefield.
A Tribute to Confederate Sol
I have known Mr. J. H. A. Wil
liams nearly forty years. The first
time that I ever met him, I was then
drawn to him as with hooks of
steel, and I always found him the
same congenial spirit. He lived it
seemed all the time on the sunny
side of life. But he has crossed to
the other shore, and we are satis
fied that he met his Pilot face to
face at the crossing. How he will
be missed at home, at church and
in the community. He was a man
with clean hands, pure lips and a
heart full of the milk of human
kindness. All of his dealings with
his fellowman was done "on the
level by the square." He was a gal
lant Confederate soldier of Co. A.
lUth South Carolina regiment and
was called the peacemaker of the
company. When any of the bo\s
would get into a scrap' he would
quell it. He was i man who loved
his country, his convictions were
strong, based upon truth and hon
or and he had the manhood to
stand by those convictions. May his
mantle fall on some one who will as
worthily wear it. His life is an open
book that may be read of all men.
He has fought a good fight and
kept the faith. In life he was pa
tient, kind, generous, humble, cour
teous, unselfish and sincere; even to
the last wearing the ornaments of a
meek and quiet spirit. He has
fought the fight, his armor has been
laid aside, his warfare has ended,
the victory has Jbeen won, and his
memory is blessed. In this my last
tribute let me say farewell. From
afar I salute my friend, who still
lives in my heart, who still in
spires my life.
J. Russell Wright.
Mr. Hart Caught in Gin, Died
of Injuries. Visited County
On Sa turd ayjaf tern oonjMr. Clar
ence Hart had his arm caught in
the gin in east Johnston and suffer
ed a fatal injury, the arm being
almost seyered. He was taken to
the home of Mr. Witt, and medical
aid immediately summoned, and it
was found that amputation would
be necessary. From loss of blood
he was too weak for this, and it was
decided to await the operation until
Sunday afternoon but his strength
ebbed fast, and in the early after
noon he died. Mr. Hart was the
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hart, of
near town. About 4 years ago, he
married Miss Miss Bruce of Wards
and his widow and two little chil
dren survive him. Mr. Hart was a
noble Christian young man with
many traits of character; he was
always a dutiful son, and was a
kind, loving husband. His death
is a most deplorable one-one so
young, so full of promise, to be
suddenly taken. The brother and
sisters are Mr. Julian Hart, of Syl
vania, Ga., Mesdames Mary Ida
Brannon, of Spartanbnrg; J. P.
Kneece, of Batesburg; Teague Price,
of Florida; J. S. Rambo, of North
Augusta, and Kathleen Hart. The
interment was made 1 ti the Mt. of
Olives cemetery where other mem
bers of this family are- at rest.
About a year or more ago, Mrs.
A. P. Lott, as missionary work,
would have the tenants of their
farm gather on Sunday afternoon
out under the shade tress, and she
would Tead the scripture to them, H
giving kindly advice, and teach
the truths of God*! word. This
work developed and soon the or
ganization grew so large, that they
began to use. an out , building to '.
gather in and were.,aoie to conduct
the services. ' The interest grew and '
soon a church was wanted*, so Mr.
Lott very generously gave the site
for tne building and the negroes
went to work getting the material
ready during spare time. A negro
preacher, who was a carpenter and
at work here grew- interested and
when the schoel building was com
pleted, went out to help his breth
ren without any remuneration,
preaching for them on Sunday. The
church was dedicated on last Sun
day and it was a happy day for all
who had labored so faithfully. Dr.
W. S. Stokes with several of the
white friends were present he
preaching the sermon. Mrs. Lott
spoke of the work and of the good
that she expected would be accora
plished. Mrs. M. A. Huiet and Miss
Kl iza Mims presented a beautilul
pulpit Bible for the church, which
was highly appreciated.
According to their custom, the
members of the Mary Ann Buie
chapter, D. of C., packed a large
Thanksgiving basket on Friday
morning which they carried out to
the County Home and spread for
the inmates. The arrival was eager
ly expected and when the feast was
spread each had two plates, one fill
ed with substantials and another
with sweets, also a bag of oranges,
apples and bananas was given each
one. The fruit was contributed by
the school children of the grades
taught by Mebdames M. A. Huiet,
L. C. Latimer. After they had en
joyed their feast, visits were made
to each home to see those who were
not able to get about, and later, all
that could went to the little chapel
nearby and a service was conducted
by Rev. M. L. Kester. He told gos
pel truths in a sweet simple manner
so that each might grasp a thought.
During the year at intervals, Rev.
Kester has been coming out and
preachiug to these unfortunates. As
steward of the County Home, Mr.
Scurry is an ideal one. Each inmate
spoke of how good he and his wife
were to them and how they loved
Mr. M. T. Turner who has been
ill with typhoid fever for several
weeks is still in a very critical state.
As is the case in fever of this na
ture, there are favorable appear
ances only to drop back to the con
tinued high fever. His condition
was alarming on Sunday and Dr. ~
Houston, of Augusta, under whose
treatment he has been all thc sum
mer was with him during the dav.
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