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Opening of 1865 Came Gloomy
The hopes of foreign intervention
had long since been looked upon as
a delusion. All ports except Charles
ton, S. C., and Wilmington, N. C.,
were now in the hands of the feder
als. But Lee's grim veterans lay in
their trenches still. Only about 28,
000 had been holding in check an
army of 125,000 well fed and well
equipped for months. It is useless
for me to undertake to tell what j
Lee's army endured in the trenches
at Petersburg from July 1864 until
Tongue car not tell it, pen can
not write it, the mind of man can
not grasp it unless he had been there
as a witness. No painter's brush could
paint it. Army of Northern Virginia,
soldiers of Lee, who fought beside
your captian until your frames were
?wasted, you are greater to me in
your wretchedness, more splendid in
your rags than the Old Guard of Na
poleon or the three hundred at the
Pass of Thermopylae. Neither famine
nor nakedness nor suffering could
"break your spirit. You were battered
and half starved, your forms were
?war-worn, but you still had faith in
Lee, and the great cause which you
hore aloft on the points of your bay
onets. You did not falter in the hour
of supreme trial, you meant to fol
low Lee to the last ditch, and die with
your harness on.
Did they or did they not fight to
the end and to the last ditch? Ans
wer, Wilderness, Cold Harbor,
Spotsylvania, Charles City, every
spot around Petersburg, when they
closed in death grapple with the
death grapple. Answer, winter of
1864, black spring of 1865. They
fought staggering, starving and fol
lowing, but defiant to the last.
Bearded men were seen to weep on
the ninth day of April, 1865, but it
was when they . heard that their
mighty chief had surrendered, which
?wrung their hearts and brought
tears to grim faces.
The Crater, with its ?5,000 pounds
of powder did not scare them. As
soon as the men fell back these same
gray veterans swarmed like bees to
the mouth of the Crater and filled
it with Yankees and negroes.
You may speak of the dreadful
horror of war; Sherman was right
when he said "War is hell." Grant
thought he would blow up our lines,
cross over through the crater, but not
so. It turned to be a death trap for
the federals. Their loss, according to
their own report was between five
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and six thousand. The confederate
captured nineteen battle flags in and
about the crater. The blowing up of
the lines at Petersburg has been giv
en up as the most cowardly act of
the war. An army of 155,000 men,
well equipped and fed, confronting a
line of 28,000 men! And the only
?way was to blow them up, but they
fell back fighting. X
April the 9th dawned with a
gloomy outlook. It was then that bay
onets were affixed to muskets, arms
stacked and cartridge boxes unslung
and hung upon our stacks. The torn
and battered battle flags were leaned
against the stack. The emotion of the
soldiery was really sad to witness.
Some who had carried and followed
those ragged standards through four
years of strife, rushed from the
ranks, bent about their old bullet
torn flags and pressed them to their
lips. The flags which they still car
ried were objects of undisguised af
fection. These banners had gone
down before overwhelming numbers;
torn by shells, riddled with bullets
and laden with powder and smoke of
battle. These high mettled men began
to cut the flags from the staffs and
hide them in their bosoms, as they
met them with their burning lips.
They wanted to keep them, as they
wanted to keep the old canteen with
a bullet hole through it, or the rusty
gray jacket that had been torn by a
canister. They loved those flags as
a mother loves her first-born, and will
love them forever, as mementoes of
the unparalleled struggle, and be
cause they symbolized the bloodshed
and glory of nearly a thousand bat-1
ties. But they had to let those flags
remain in the stack because General ;
Lee said so.
Thus the Southern army melted
away; the flag went down in its ?
grave at Appomattox and the brave
fellows laid down their rifles for the
hoe, the saber for the plow and the :
sword for the pen, and revived. And i
they have made the land of Dixie
blossom as the rose.
J. RUSSEL WRIGHT. 1
A Good Opportunity.
Columbia, Dec. 20.-The extension
department of the University of
South Carolnia is promoting a series 1
of reading circles throughout the ,
state, as part of a nation-wide move- ,
ment for reading circles, the exten
sion department having been named '
as the agency for promoting the plan -
in South Carolina.
These reading circles are open to !
all citizens of the state, without any
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charges. A number of special cours
es have been arranged. A person may
take whatever time he desires for the
course, but at the end of his reading
he is given l by the University a cer
tificate indicating, that he has read
through the course.
One of the courses is known as
"Thirty' Books of Great " Fiction."
The University extension department
has purchased these books, and they
will be circulated free. These books
are: Adam Bede, Arabian Nights, A
Modern Instance, Clarissa Harlowe,
David Copperfield, Guy Mannering,
History of Henry Esmond, Ivanhoe,
Joseph Vance, Kidnapped, Lorna
Doone, Luck of Roaring Camp, Or
deal of Richard, Feverel, Pilgrim's
Progress, Pride and Prejudice, Robin
son Crusoe, Romola, Tale of Two
Cities, The Cloister and the Hearth,
Vanity Fair, Vicar, of Wakefield,
Last of the Mohicans, Scarlet Letter,
The Pilot, Les Miserables, The Three
Musketeers, Pere Goriot, Anna Ka
renina, With Fire and Sword, and
The ten most popular courses in
this reading circle plan as put out by
the extension department include
courses for boys, girls and parents,
in American History, of American
Heroes- in American literature, in
great literature of the past, in the
world's Bibles, in world heroes and
The money with which you buy
Christmas seals goes to help the
South Carolina Anti-Tuberculosis
Association. Is there any worthier
cause to be found anywhere? When
you go to buy your Christmas pres
ents for those who are strong and
well think of those who are feeble
and despairing and buy Christmas
seals as a gift of gratitude .
FOR SALE: Seven White Leghorn
roosters, WyckofF and Tom Barron
strain, nine months old at $2.00 each.
Mrs. GEO. F. MIMS.
For loans an real estate. See
CLAUD T. BURNETT,
Over store of W. W. Adams & Co.
now To Give Quinine To Children.
FEBRILINE ls the trade-mark name sri ven to aa
improved Quinine. It ia a Tasteless Syrup, pleas?
ant to take r nd does not disturb the stomach.
Children tu. it and never know it is Quinine.
Also especially adapted to adults who cannot
lake ordinary Quinine. Does not nauseate nor
cause nervousness nor ringing; in the head. Try
lt the next time you need Quinine for any pur?
bose. Ask for 2-ounce original package. The
lame OTttUNB is blown in hattie. SS cent?
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THE OPERA HOUSE ff
We are ready to supply
department of our store is fiL
Our furniture departmer
furniture for their home.
CHAIRS, DINING TAB
lect from at very attractive i
We are showing an es]
assizes and weaves, in beaut
We have a very large
grates. Our prices on these
Beautiful line of BRASS
bly have been expecting to b
Large stock of TRUNKS
est to the best.
We invite those in need
ing. We can make a close p
If you need a farm wage
hides that have stood the tes
can please you both in qualit
Notice of Final Discharge.
To All Whom These Presents May
Wheras, Andrew C. Yonce has
made application tinto this Court for
Final Discharge as Administrator in
re the estate of C. K. Johnson de
ceased, on this the 7th day of Decem
These Are Therefore, to cite any
and all kindred, creditors, or parties
interested to show cause before me
at my office at Edgefield Court House
South Carolina, on the 7th day of
January, 1921, at il o'clock a. m.,
why\ said order of discharge should
not be granted.
W. T. KINNAIRD,
J. P. C., E. C., S. C.
December 7, 1920.
The annual fe:
field people. O
Nuts, Raisins, Ph
Grape Fruit, Bani
WE BUY IN
FOR YOUR C
Begin your sh
your holiday 1
you than ever
the needs of the people at very reasonable prices. Every
led with well selected merchandise.
it, on the second floor, should attract those who need new
We have OAK SUITS, WARDROBES, CHIFFO
, H ATRACKS, ROCKING CHAIRS, DINING
LES, CENTRE TABULES. A large assortment to se
) AND AET SQUARES
serially attractive assortment of Rugs and Art Squares,
iful designs. We invite the ladies especially to see them.
OVES AND HEATERS
stock of Stoves, Ranges and Heaters; also, all sizes o?
are very attractive.
and ENAMELED BEDS. Just the thing that you possi
uy this fall. Come in and let us show you.
;, SUIT GASES and TRAVELING BAGS, from the cheap-.
ES, SADDLES AND HABNESS
of Lap Robes, Saddles and Harness to see us before buy
?rice on these goods. <
mm AND BUGGIES
m or buggy, come to see us before buying. We sell ve
t of Edgefield roads for years, and feel confident that we
Y and price.
YOU TAKE NO CHANCES!
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For Soie by
EDGEFIELD MERCANTILE COMPANY
ady for Christmas
stive season is almost here and we have made
ss in order to supply the wants of the Edge
ur stock is now large and we have large ship
in by express every day, so as to keep eyery
m ARE HEADQUARTERS FOR
lin and Fancy Candy, Apples, Oranges
anas, Malaga Grapes, Figs and Dates
nberries, Cigars and Tobaccos
LARGE QUANTITIES AND CAN MAK?
. S. IT MATTERS NOT WHAT YOU WANT
CHRISTMAS TABLE WE WILL HAVE IT.
opping early. We will appreciate a share of
business. We are in a better position to serve
ld Fruit Company