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F. B. McDowell, in
J. Shakespeare Harris, the noted
ex-Confederate soldier und scout, has
just returned from the Dallas, Texas,
reunion. Ho was bubbling over with
the memories and incidents of thc
great meeting; and in talking socially
to a few friends, he said in tho course
of a casual conversation, that he had
met his old companion Jim Sloan -
that was pleasure enough. ''Tell us
about thc meeting," urged his enter
tainers; but he waived the request
and broaohed auother sulject.
"Were you comfortable on the
"Yes, I was." I rode all the way
there and back on a sleeper with my
baby; but many of thc old soldiers
toughed it out, took hard travel and
went as cheaply as they could."
"Baby," as he fondly calls her, is a
niece, the 10-ycar old daughter of thc
late Jay B. Harris, whom the uncle
has adopted, reared from childhood,
and who accompanies him on his trips
"There were," he continued, "thou
sands of friends in Dallas. I thought
half of North Carolina had gone to
Texas to live. I met Jim Sloan, who
moved away from this section some
years ago. He kissed me and cried.
I never saw him cry before; but he
has seen me do so often. I cry for
twa things-for joy, for sorrow. I
never was known to shed tears for
p"iu or fear. Well, we hugged each
* h,T and laughed and slept together
? .?. whole timo."
"When I attended Wade Hampton's
funeral," he continued, "thore was a
tremendous crowd, and when I
pushed by to look at the faoe of my
old commander his son told me that
the old general had declared that his
North Carolina regiment was com
posed of the finest soldiers in his
command. I broke down. I couldn't
help it, and others around wept like
"I broke down another time. It
was at a great gathering of the Con
federates in Richmond, and I called
upon Gen. Hampton at the Jefferson
hotel to pay my respects, and intro
duce a party of eight friends. Hamp
ton was talking to a group of ladies,
but as soon as he caught sight of mc,
he carno over and placed an arm
around my neck. He didn't say a
word, and I couldn't speak. We
stood in that attitude, it must have
been for five minutes, when I said,
"Men, introduce yourselves, I can't
call your names."
Noticing tho increasing interest and
enthusiasm of tao speaker his friends
deftly plied questions that led him on.
"Well, you ought to know about
Jim Sloan," ho said. "There were
four of us, all Hampton's scouts, that
lived mainly in the federal lines
Isaac Shadburn, of Louisiana, Solo
mon Legare, of Charleston, Jim Sloan
and myself, both of North Carolina.
It was cold and sleety. The First
MaiQa cavalry knew our whcrabuuts
and determined to capture us; but
when we expected them they did not
como, probably on account of the
weather. We had planned to bush
whack them. We took supper at Col.
Simmons, nine miles from Petersburg,
and were to have breakfast before
day. Wo slept in the shuck pen.
When at breakfast a detachment of
52, under Lieut. Herrick, rode up we
ran out of the back door. Legare was
Bhot in tbe ankle before he got out of
the yard and could run no farther.
Tho rest of us escaped by dodging
around the cabins and the blacksmith
shop cn route to the woods. As we
look down along the fence, we heard
thc commanding officer call out to take
no prisoners. Then Shadburn, who
was in command of us, yelled, defiant
ly. "Boys, give them hell." Wc
leveled our double-barrelled shot guns
and fired, and seven of them reeled
and leaped like bull frogs from their
saddles. Thc others hugged their
horses closely and spurred them in
the opposite direction. They soon
rallied and came at us again. We
fired and three fell. They were more
scattering then than before. We
were anxious to reach the woods. We
knew they would not follow, for they
feared the bush. We had on pre
vious occasions stationed two along
the roadside and two 100 yards be
hind, and commanded a surrender.
Not knowing our numbers they laid
down their arms and were mighty mad
after they found out how few we were.
"It was arranged that Sloan and
Shadburn should go together, and Le
gare and myself should bo companions
but the pairs were broken, for Legare
had been wounded and couldn't bc
with mc. As I was firing, I felt a
fclow upon the baok of my neck that
idled mc to the ground. It was thc
eabrc biroke of a cavalryman from bo
land. My neck has been stiffened
?ince, and that is the reason I look up
from under my eyebrows as I do. My
d Scout, Jim Sloan.
I hair was long and hung around my
I shoulders, and was streaming with
J blood. Throwing away my gut. I
I seized my pistol and shot away aw the
j trooper coming to finish me. I could
J not tell whether my pistol fired or
snapped. I had been shot in the arm,
and didn't know it. He made a ?av
ago stroke to sever my head. I threw
up my hand to ward off thc blow aud
it was split open. You can seo the
?car. He jumped upon me with both
feet, stamping my face aud body and
cursiug me. I ky as if I was dead.
I was shot through thc leg and arm
and badly wounded iu the back of thc
Shadburn was shot through the
fleshy part of the neck and a federal
soldier was about to brain him with
the butt end of a gun. Sloan reached
up from the ground and shot him
through thc stomach. He turned pale
and fell from his horse. I saw it as I
was lying on the ground. Sloan
dragged wounded Shadburn into the.
woods, and the detachment, fearing an
ambuscade, pursued no further.
"Sloan wrote home to mother that I
had been killed. That he saw mc
shot to death and was powerless to
prevent it. Capt. John R. Erwin also
wrote to her that I was dead. When
I arrived in Concord after the surren
der, Kd McDonald drove me out homo
in a buggy. Father, mother and sis
ter were sitting upon tho porch.
Mother and sister were dressed in
mourning for me. None of them re
cognized me until I stepped upon the
porch. Mother never spoke for two
"Legare and myself were taken to
prison. I could have escaped the first
night, but he begged mc for God's
sake not to desert him. Seeing me
talking to him they suspected me and
guarded me striotly, wounded as I
was. Hampton through Lee sent a
flag of truce to say that we were both
enlisted soldiers, else we would soon
have been bungas marauders or spies.
''After the mine explosion at Peters
burg and the death of so many negroes
87 of ?B were placed under negro
guards out of revenge and forced to
throw up fortifications before Confed
erate batteries. We soon learned
how to watch the coming of the shells,
and by lying low, dodge them success
fully. They never skimm d the
ground, though often covered us with
dirt. They flew upward after explo
sion, and killed many of the negro
"Legare and I were dragged from
place to plaoe handcuffed together,
and taken to Washington. After
about two weeks of siokness from im
prisonment and dysentery Legare
died. They took off the handouffs
that bound us together in life and
placed a ball and chain upon me.
i "I must go baok to Sloan and Shad
j burn. They were captured shortly
j after we were and condemned to death
and handcuffed together and placed
under guard on a vessel at City Point
on the James River. During the
night Sloan, who had snit!! wrists and
hands, soaped his handt and slipped
his handcuffs. It scraped off the
skin and swelled his hand to twice the
normal size. He let himself down by
a rope used to draw up water irom the
river. He was a good swimmer. He
swan: to a boat some distance at an
chor, upon which a Yankee officer and
his family were staying. He lowered
one of the lifeboats. Somo of the
crew heard him but fearing it was the
work of desperadoes, abstained from
giving an alarm. He rowed back to
where Shadburn lay anxiously waiting
and watohing, jerked the rope as a
signal, and Shadburn carno down into
the boat. This was done under the
flare of the ship lights, beneath the
shadow of thc cannon and while a
guard was pacing the deck.
"When tho pursuers found the row
boat floating upon tho water at sun
rise, they concluded the prisoners who
had been handcuffed, had been drown
ed and so reported. The fugitives
concealed themselves in a swamp all
; day, and marched through the federal
lines at night as often they hud done
before. Sloan had taken the precau
tion to wrap Shadburn's handcuffs in
a rag so they would neither rattle in
his descent from thc boat or on his
tramp through the army. His cuffs
were cut off at Hampton's headquar
ters; and Hampton on commenting
upon tho conduct of Sloan, said that
not one man in 100,000 when under
sentence of death and who had gained
freedom, would have jeopardized his
life by voluntarily returning to liber
ate a friend. It was probably tho
most unselfish act of heroism that he
had ever known.
"Thc Washington paper of 186
contained the full details of the
escape. I have forgotten thc oxact
date, but I read the account in print.
"Some time before all this happen
cd that I have bceu telling about.
Sloan and I were at the house of a :
widow iu Virginia where we had ofter. 1
been kindly and hospitably cared for.
Thc house was on a high knoll in thc
midst of extensive cleared grounds.
Her 10-year-old son saw the Yankees
creeping up from the bottoms, and
gave us warning. We ran, and the
Yankees in pursuit, the bullets whist
ling near our heads; but we blazed
back as wc ran, and it increased the
distance between us and lessened the
gait of the Yankees. A man can pur
sue mighty fast when the fleer has co
weapon, but this thing of popping
back takes tho enthusiasm out of the
pursuit. When we reached the woods
about half mile away they let us alone.
We were dressed in blue and that was
why we could go with comparative
safety through the Yankee camps at
"We saw them return to the house
from which they had run us; and after
they left we went baok, fearing that
they hal set fire to the premises. We
found tho lady in hysterics crying out
that they had taken away her boy.
She was distressed beyond measure.
Sloan quieted her as best he could by
promising to return him. When we
left, 1 said, 'Sloan, how could you tell
that woman such a lie? You know
you can't return the boy?' 'Well,' he
replied, she was crying and crazed and
I had to promise her someth.ng.'
"About two weeks after this, as we
were riding along the road in Loudon
county, the Yankees suddenly tired
upon us. Sloan's horse was killed
and a whole company rode down upon
him. I made my escape. Sloan was
taken to Point Lookout and there he
found among the other prisoners our
friend, the 10-year-old boy. A cer
tain distance was staked off in the bay
in which thc prisoners were permitted
to battle. The prisoners were per
mitted to bathe. The prisoners were
also allowed half barrels for the pur
pose of washing their clothes. Sloan
placed the boy with himself under a
barrel and walked nine miles in water
of varying depths, often swimming
out of deep places. When the boy
became tired and started to cry, Sloan
would quiet him with the threat of
drowning if he made further noise.
When exhausted, they reached a house
in Maryland whose owner was a Con
federate sympathizer. They were
given plenty of provisions and an old
pistol that was out of fix and wouldn't
fire. They found a negro fishing, and
drawing the pistol, Sloan commanded
him to turn over the boat. The negro
was so terrified that he fell flat upon
tire bottom of the boat and it floated
beyond their reach. They soon found
another boat looked to a tree, and
prizing out the staple got possession
and escaped into Virginia. In sis
weeks from the time Sloan promised
to restore the lady her son, he fulfilled
his promise. The boy often went
with us in the day time afterwards as
a pilot and could shoot as well as s
man. Sloan has his name and I have
it too, if I can lay my hands upon m j
memoranda. He is living now.
"Sol Legare was a royal fellow, (
gentleman by birth and son of a large
planter who lived near Charleston. J
have told how he died.
"Shadburn was a Catholio. I hav<
often seen him pray and oouot hil
beads. He was as brave a man as eve
lived. He was io oharge of our squad
but he didn't begin to know as Sloai
did, how to extrioate himself whei
trapped or in a real dangerous posi
tion. Sloan was the best I ever knev
about such strategems. When oap
tured Sbadburn was as helpless as ;
child, but Sloan was a devil all th
time. He never gave up, and neve
failed to outwit his captors or ene
"Shadburn was from Louisiana am
was educated in Kentucky. He i
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V. Tierce, Buffalo, N. Y.
DOW living in San Francisco, and is re- J
ported to be quite wealthy. Sloan
married a sister of Conner Davidson of
Iredell county, ami now li ves in Texas,
ile has a family of rive children. I
tell him he is too good-hearted and
liberal and doesn't know how many
cents are in a dollar. When he left
North Carolina I divided my ready
money with him, and I divided again
when I met him in Dallas. Hampton
always said that the things Jim Sloan
did ought to be put in book form. As
a brilliant, daring scout, he had no j
match. I used to go to see Gen.
Hampton nearly every year and the j
old commander never tired of talking
about the clever tricks and thrilling
adventures of Jim Sloan."
Mr. Harris was told be would be
excused from further talk, if he would
only tell of his last ambush of the
enemy after the war. "Oh, yes," he
said, "that was after the surrender.
A garrison of federal troops were sta
tioned in Concord and they had been
terrorizing the people, depredating
and stealing nightly nearly everything
they could find. One Sunday they
came to our house near Poplar Tent,
thinking there was no one at home.
Father, mother, sister and Brother
Jay, had gone to church. I caught
three of them in the act of stealing
and marching them to the house at
the jj.. s toi ' s point I made them pull off
their coats, I took a cow-hide in one
hand and a pistol in the other and
gave each one 100 lashes. They cried
for pain and offered to pay any price
to be let off. Brother Charles who
had been asleep was awakened by the
noise. I was exhausted, and he then
laid on the rawhide while I continued
to cover them with thc pistol. The
shirt of every one of them was red
when they left, and no Yankee or
freedman ever stole anything from us
for four years afterwards.
"Father, fearing they would take
my life for the chastisement, went to
consult Gen. D. H. Hill, who was
then editing 'The Land We Love' in
Charlotte. Gen. Hill laughed till he
^cak, a?d assured father that
depredators would not trouble us
again, and they didn't.
It is just to Mr. Harris to say that
he will be surprised to see this artiole
in print. Shakespeare Harris is a
modest man, and can rarely be pre
vailed upon to talk about himself, and
when he does, be always minimises
his share in the exploit or battle. I
have just discovered the "open
sesame" to his heart. Start the con
versation about Jim Sloan, the friend
and sharer of his privations and dan
gers, he will incidentally . introduoe
the parts he also played in important
dramas. He could not do otherwise,
for the lives of Sloan and himself are
interwoven in the same crimsoned
warp and woof.
My explanation to Mr. Harris for
thus publishing a private conversation
is that he possesses the knowledge of
much that should be made history in
the recital of the leading events and
foroes of the civil oonfliot. Wade
Hampton, in discussing his troops in
action, once told a friend that if he
had "a battalion composed of men like
Shakespeare Harris and Jim Sloan, he
could whip the largest army in the
South Carolinians in Texas.
Mr. S. H. pps, Sr., of this county,
is a Confederate veteran and attend
ed the recent reunion at Dallas, Texas.
He returned home last week, and has
some interesting stories to tell about
the mammoth crowd of visitors pres
ent and the consequent inconvenience
suffered by many of them. Among
other things he said that he stood in
line for two or three days while there
in the hope of reaching the railroad
validating office and finally abandoned
the attempt, being apparently no near
er success when he gave up than
when he started. Ho said that the
railroads gave notice that they would
reoognize tickets that had not been
validated, and this was why he did
not hold out to the end. Mr. Epps
relates a story something like this:
"The train stopped at a small town
near the line between Indian territory
and Texas, and while standing there,
a man past middle ago, rushed up to
one of the cars and called out: "Is
there anybody in this train from old
South Carolina? If there is I want
to see him." It so happened that the
man stopped near whore Mr. Zaok
Bailes, of Fort Mill township,, in this
county, and who was traveling with
me, was sitting, and Mr. Bailes told
the inquirer that he was from South
Carolina. Just about this time I came
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Z6y WE have a large and beautii
up and Mr. Bailes told thc stratiger
that I was from South Carolina, and
then it was that the stranger told why
he was inquiring for South Carolin
ians. Ile said: "Men I am a native
of the old State, and although I have
been out here for years, my heart
goes back to the land of my birth,"
and then tears commenced to flow
down his cheeks, "and I long to have
a good long talk with somebody who
knows it as it is. I want you men to
get right off this train and spend
awhile with me-just r.s long as you
will. I am the owner of the hotel
here, and if you'll stop with me I will '
feed you on the best this country af- ]
fords and nothing shall cost you a
oent. Please stop just a little while
with me." Mr. Epps said the appeal
was very touching and the man's re
quest hard to refuse; but, owing to
the fact that their time was limited,
he and Mr. Bailes were foroed to de
cline. Mr. Epps told of another man
who left Fort Mill when a boy and
soon after the close of the war, who
found out where he and Mr. Bailes
were from, and followed them about
from place to place for several days.
Yorkvillo correspondence of the News
When M. Morgan opens his exhibi
tion at the Grand .Palais on May 1 of
the results of his excavations at Susa
it will be to give a very fairly com
plete history of the Kingdom of Elam
as it was nearly 2000 years before
Sculptures, bronzes, enamels and
numbers of terra-cotta tiles bearing
cuneiform inscriptions relative to
deeds, treaties and bills of sales have
been brought to light by M. Morgan
and his companions, and the majority
have been translated. *
The most interesting discovery is a
pillar about 8 feet high, sculptured
out of hard stone and containing the
original text of several laws framed by
Khammourabi, King of Babylon, in
the twentieth century before Christ,
with a portrait of that monarch, who
was a contemporary of Abraham's.
Here is an extract of the laws as
quoted by the Matin:
"If a fire breaks out in a house, and
any one having oome to the aid of the
landlord commits a theft, he is thrown
into the fire.
"If any one breaks into a bouse to
steal and is oaught he shall be killed
and buried before the spot where he
"If any one, without the owner's
permission, outs down a tree in an
orohard, he shall be fined half a nina
"If a husband conveys house, field
or orohard to his wife by a title deed
after the husband's death the children
shall respect the title deed and the
wife shall retain her property, leaving
it after death to her favorite son.
"If any one has hired an ox and ill
treats it so that it dies, he shall re
store it ox for ox to the landlord.
"If, without witness or contract,
any one makes a deposit of any goods,
ead disputes arise, there is no re
course to justiae."-Paris Dispatch to
A Wellington Story.
The Duke of Wellington onoe met
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briety. "Look here, sir," said the
Iron Dake, "what would you do if
you met one of your men in the con
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officer drew himself up, gave the mili
tary salute, and replied with great
gravity: "I would not condescend to
speak to the brute." His wit saved
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