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A Wild Ride on the Saltkahatchie.
By Col. D). A. lickert.)
The arny of Gen. Si erman had been
hugginlig the coast c f South Ca.ro
lna ever since he en ered the State.
It was not known po titively in which
direction he would m ve next. wheth
.r on to Charleston, Columbia, or
back north on Augu ta, to intercept
speed to the relief o General Hardee,
commanding in this State. The great
e.r part of the latt/er's army lay
around Charles'.,' aid its approaches,
but a divisior co.. posed of Sta.o
troops, Georgit malitia, and some vet
erans. part of Wjieh was Kershaw's
South Carolina. Briaade, just from
r::inia. wriz e'camped along the
.e adern side of the Saltkahatchie,
near the Charleston and Savannah
Railroad under t he command of Maj.
Gen. McLaws. -Some cavalry, under
Col. Colcock, N%ere on the western
side of the river, some five or six
The scouts had ordgrs, for a week
or more, to wat,h very closely the ar
my of Sherman, and to report at on
ce the first move.
We had been passing over the river
in a little skiff kept by the pickets.
and only rteurning when we wished
to turn over prisoners or stock or to
replenish our haversacks. The morn
ing that Sherman commenced his ad
vance, we had passed over the river
at daylight, the stream at that time
being on a great boom, and in places
half mile wide, the overflow being
stationary, and the main current mov
ing along in a slow, steady flow, the
water clear and icy cold. The over
flow. or back water, was frozen over
with a thin skim of ice. In the la
goons, or drains it was from three
to ten feet in depth. The whole low
er part of the swamp being under
water. we could not tell what- mo
ment we would plunge into these Ia
goons. I had with me on this trip
Tom Paysinger. Jess Seigman, of this
countv. George Hibler, Frank Shand,
and Ab. Farrow. now living at Cross
Anchor. a substantial and much re
spected citizen of Union. There were
two other men, whose names I will
not IatiJn. on account of the fact
that they afterwards proved them
selves to be too blood-thirsty, and
too indifferent to the ethics we had es
tablished among ourselves. so that
their names should -not be mention
ed in connection with honest men.
There was a boy, too, with us, Red
Richardson, a lad about fifteen years
old, who, some days before, had vol
unteered to scout with -us. We wish
ed some one who had been raised on
the western side, of the river, or who
knew the country. the people a.nd the
roads. In those vast tangled swamps
~and among those deserted houses it
was very necessary to have some one
:familiar~ with the country. He ap
plied to the General, as one who knew
tihe west side of the river, for per
mision to accompany us as a guide.
He was a fine, manly, intellhgent
vouth and not only became our guide
for the time. but one of the most
daring, reckless riders, who ever rode
on the flanks or in the wake of Sher
The morning of which I speak, we
founded through the ice and water,
through the great swainp, in the di
rection of the main thoroughfare
leading towards Columbia. We reach
ed a wooded knoll with a corn field on
the left. From this point we dis
covered that the army was in motion,
and dispatched one of the men back
with~ that information. This turned
out, as I learned a day or i,wo ago
from a letter to have been Ab. T.
Farrow, of Cross Anchor. of which I
will have more to say further on.
To make sure that it was no dem
onstration in force, or a foraging
party, I had the men to conceal them
selvs in the undergrowth, while I
made my w-ay up to the rear of a
farm house, standing near the main
road. I had instructed the men to
remain here until my return unless
they heard my gun fire, in which ev
ent every man was to take care of
himself. We heard a great commo
tion in the road. the rumbling of
what we took to be artillery, the
cracking of whips, and the calls of
the tearsters. I made my way gp to
a little lane, a low rambling fence
on either side, leading up to the
house. about fifty yards distant, and
from there I discovered an age.d neg
ress in the yard. I beckoned her tc
come to me, but she proved to be an
old decrepid being, and could tell mE
nothing but "all is gone but me and
the living Jesus.'' Just then I heard
thoof beats behind me. From th<
mouth of the lane ran two roads, one
to the right in the direction of omi
m~n, the other to the left, down tc
the swamp. Just where these roads
interceded stood a large pine and be
hind that I sprang to await the com.
ing of my enemy. If there was onl3
one I could take him-. if a crowd
bluff them and escape in the swamp
-ivin my men time to get away.
was armed with a Sharps carbine.
breach loader, but used the old f'ash
onied army percussion cap.
a Ath.sound of hoofs drew near
ie a..ri. staNvart Yi kee. on
an equally Sat hwart mule. riding leis
urely up to me. When he was about
ten feet away, I stepped out, cocked
my rIfle. and raising it to my shoulder
demanded him to surrender. But im
aine my feeling. for when I cocked
the rifle, the cap stuck a moment to
Tile illmmner. and I heard it drop and
role away. Now I was before my ene
my. eve to eve, with a larmless weap
o011 O my hand. I had no time for
recapping or drawing my pistol, for
I dared not take i%eve from his, and
time meant life or death to me. At
the first sight of me and the rifle in
his face he --appeared thunderstruck,
and began to look around in an amaz
ed kind of way, and I bega to think
he meant fight. I told him 'he was
suTrrounded. and to dismount at once,
or he would be riddled with bullets.
I ordered him to pull off his pistol
;belt. in which were two large Colts.
walk off ten steps and holp up his
hands, keeping his back to me. There
was no delay by me in buckling the
pistol around me and seating myself
in the saddle. I felt happy with
something loaded again in my hand.
We went forward at a good pace, and
fell to talking, and I guyed him great
ly for being taken with a harmless
gun. When I showed him there was
no cap on the corbine, he only said:
"I'll be d-! If you hadn't kept
your eye so straight on me, I would
have given you a fight for your men
"Yes,'' I told him, "you would
have won easily.''
I hav'e wondered often what would
have been the outcome of the matter
had the Yanke acted like the Texan.
wh-n 1eld ip by a road agent, a pis
.ol at his breast. with the request,
your money or your life.'' tle Tex
:l eved him for a moment. and then
coolv remarked. "what. Mr.. if thlat
pistols snaps?'' Now. where would
I have been. if the big Yankee had
said. "What if that gun snaps?''
The men hearing this big talking
and getting a. glimpse through the
bushes of me on a horse and the
Yankee, took a panic and ran from
cover. We could see them runnin
1roua-h the corn field and the Yankee
wo. tickled to death at our' misunder
We soon got together. however. The
Yankee told us the army had broken
mnp for god He and a lot of 50old
Iiers were scouting through the swamp
to prevent ambush.
We sent Jess Seigman with the
mule and prisoner back to verify t'he
reort sent by Farrow. Now, this lat
ter had an adventure -of his own,
which I give you in 'his own words
taken from his letter:
'iWhen I was sent back I ran up
on a great big negro soldier riding
a fine horse. I made out I was a
drunk Yankee soldier, and asked.him
to lend me his horse to go back after
a sick comrade, which he did. I ask
ed him did he have any mon.ey, and
he said, 'Yes, boss, I got plenty of
dat trash,' so he pulled out 'his wal
let and gave me a wad. I mounted
hi horse and felt as big as Gen. Lee
when I rode ,away, telling the negro to
sav behind a tree 'till I returned. anid
for all I know he is there vet.''
No aqubt that negro or his spook
is behind that tree to this day. But
I think Ab. has forgotten exactly how
:he thing happened. Now here is the
way ane of our boys would have
thought the thing came about. When
Ab. ran up on the negro. "Hello,
you a'~- black rascal. get down off
that horse. Got any moneyd? Out
with it quie-k you black - --
Then "whack'' the negro is left and
Ab rides away.
That would seemed more in accord
ance with "the men and the times."
Still we have no right to doubt Mr.
Frrow 's word, after th.e lapse of
nearly half .a century.
We went about a mile above the
farm house, to where we could get
nearer the main Columbia road. the
road there being lined on either side
with great forest trees. and under
.rrowth. Here we lay during most of
th. day, withl out wet. icy clothes,
awaiting~ the passage of the army
hoping to pick up a few straggler
and 'horses near night. We crept close
Ito the road. and just after a batter.>
of artillery had passed, a well-dressed
young soldier came along, going ir
the opposite direction. We hiailet
him. but tihe moment he saw us -hE
ran with all his speed down the sand.
road. Tom Paysinger. tile fleetes
'nan in calmp. took righlt after him
and brought him back. We dared noi
make an alarm, and we did not cart
to h've a dead Yankee on our hand:
just then. But why the simpletoi
didn 't quit the road and take to th<
swamp, he could not even tell him
We had hardly gotten him out o:
th road before we heard, a rattlinm
of hains and the sound oif g'allopin;~
. Then up) rides a big serg'ant
* ii minelH(. wVith gears on. with anl old
faThioned split bottom chlair tiedl ni
behind. As our boys would say. "
too him in out of the wet,'' and
e in d !lllne. tW\V1 nlore foo' 'nen1
valked in the net.
To Be Continued.)
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