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CE-N. BROOKS AT BEll(iESV MILL.
Writes to H?s Fellow Members of But
1er's Cavalry After Visit to Bat
That the battlefield of Berg.;s Mil'
has iot changed in these many years
since the War Between the States is
Gen. U. R. Brooks's assertion after
his visit to the historic scenes of the
sixties. Gen. Brooks issued an open
letter to the survivors of Butler's cav
Gen. Brooks writes as follows:
Norfolk, Va., June 28, 1911.
To the Survivors of Butler's Cav
alry: On the 19th instant I left Co
bia, S. C., to visit my daughter at
e wide-awake and progressive city
Norfolk, of about eighty thousand
ouls, mostly of all nationalities. Of
the two tribes that were not lost they
are much in evidence, particularly on
church street, where we see imbedded
on the old Episcopal church an Eng
lish cannon ball fired from one of the
British boats in 1776 during our
struggle for independence.
I notice in Norfolk a large number
of the sons of Ham, born since Ham
laughed at his venerable father, Noah,
who was the captain on the ark, and
who did not land at Mount Ararat un
til after the dove had brought to him
the olive branch. It does seem to me
that Ham's dusky sons will be the
hewers of wood and drawers of water
until the end of time for the chosen
people of God. To this an all-wise
Providence has decreed them, and
why should the white man kick?
The crops from Columbia to Norfolk
look well. Almighty God has watered
the earth and the people are thankful.
From North Carolina up this way the
principal crops seem to be peanuts
and corn, mostly peanuts, which are
called in Georgia, goobers; in South
Carolina, pindars, and in Eastern
North aCrolina and Virginia peanuts.
I used to wonder where so many of
'them came from, but now I know.
Confederate soldiers in these parts
are like angels visits, few and far be
tween. When a Confederate veteran I
visits Virginia, his first thought is, "I
wonder what battlefield will interest
One of the oldest newspapers in Vir
ginia is the Landmark, owned by Mr.
C. S. Abel, one of the finest business
men in the South, who also owns the1
Baltimore Sun. The secretary and
treasurer of the Landmark is Mr. S. S.
Nottingham, who is such an accom
plished gentleman that you feel you
are in the' presence of nature's nobil.
The editor is the gifted M. I. J. Bailey.
Wherever I go I meet Columbia peo
ple. I have had the pleasure of seeing
here that eloquent divine, the Rev. Dr.
Vernon I'Anson, so well known in the
City on the Congaree, pastor of the
Gbient Baptist church, and his son, Mr.
D. Tiller I'Anson, a rising young law
yer- admitted to the bar several years
-ago in Columbia. Again I find another
rising young business man, Capt. Win.
M. Carter, supervisor of the Reliance
Insurance company, one of the largest
companies in the South. He is one
of the youngest veterans of the Span
ish-American war, and comes from the
distinguished Carter family of Vir
ginia. And still another Columbia boy
I met, Mr. Pelzer Youngblood, who is
making good on the Landmark paper.
1 nave had the honor of meeting the
accomplished and progressive Mrs.
Frank Anthony 1ilkte, who has done
so much for Norfolk, widow of the
late Dr. Walke, who was stationed in
Charleston, S. C., hospitals during the
secession -war. She has one of the
finest collections of Confederate relics
I ever saw. In her beautiful home on
the ceiling of one room we see the
r Confederate battle flag, and the walls
are prettily decorated with everything
Confederate. The picture of the great
R. E. Lee, who does not belong to the
United StAtes alone, but to the world,
and by his picture is that of the col
1ege professor, his great lieutenant
'4 general, Stonewall Jackson, the most
accomplished flanker the world has
ever produced, and near their pictures
is that of the distinguished colonel of
'the Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican
r war, and the 'best Secretary of War
the United States ever had, and the
-only president of the Confederate
States of America, which government
was necessary to make this country
the greatest on earth. President Davis
was great in life-yea, even great in
On Sunday, the 25th instant, my
daug'hter and Mr. Hill Gardiner, who
has charge of the circulation depart
ment of the Landmark, and I went to
Petersburg on what used to be known
as the "Billy Mahone Road"--Gen.
Mahone--now the Norfolk and West
ern railroad, eighty-two miles to Pet
ersburg. We left at 9 a. m. and at 11
a. in. got off the train in Petersburg.
We got a carriage, driven by a son of
the aforesaid Ham, who announced
that his name was Johnnie, and that
be a4 er ld etrdt
was 49 years old. I ventured to
-k him if he had ever been in the pen
itentiary, and he said, "No, sir, I has
never had the opportunity." We con
gratulated Johnnie and he smiled and
cut the horses, but being accustomed
to hear Johnnie praised they moved
In leaving Petersburg, on Washing
:on street we passed by St. Paul's Epis
copal church, where Gen. R. E. Lee
was on a cold, bleak Sunday in Decem
ber, 1864, when I delivered a dispatch
to him after riding fifty miles from
Stoney Creek to deliver it. I first
went to his headquarters, but was told
that he was at church. I never saw
him after that. In my ragged gray
clothes I handed the papers to him,
and he smiled and bowed as though
I was a great man as he was. I was
embarrassed. I almost felt like walk
ing backwards out of the church to
keep the clergyman from seeing my
nakedness. I only looked presentable
when on horseback.
We went seven miles below Peters
burg to Bergess Mill, where the battle
was fought on a cold, rainy day, to
wards the end of October, 1864. Hamp
ton's cavalry was guarding the right
wing of Lee's army, between Bergess
Mill, on Hatcher's Run, and the Ro
wanty. An indescribable melancholy,
which hangs over an army when on
the eve of battle, betokened that some
thing of a grave and serious character
would usher the 27th of October out.
It was the autumn time. The glorious
forests of old Virginia for weeks back
had given under their fpliage a resting
place for cavalrymen, infantrymen
and artillerymen. Headquarters of
generals had been located near farm
houses or some old "colonial home"
full of the traditions of the past, so
fraught with the spirit of ancient and
present hospitality. It was in the au
tumn time, when leaves gently faIl and
cover oft in many places the graves
of the unnumbered and unlettered gal
lant dead. The oak, the hickory and
the elm had each in turn shed leaves;
all delicate and tender plants hid
themselves away until the season came
around once again to welcome them to
sunlight and to shade. The change of
the season was upon us; dull, dreary
days of danger and death rested upon
the earth. The campaign of a short
time before had resulted in sending
Gen. Phil Sheridan and Gen. Wilson
to cover. They had been r'oughly han
dIed by the cavalry commanded by
Gen. Wade Hampton, and sought shel
ter under the protection of Gen. U. S.
Grant and his superb army, well
equipped, and representing all branch
es of a magnificent army of men and
horses, carbines and improved rifles.
Sabres, too, glittered aloug his rifled
guns he had near at hand to shell
towns, to hu:rl into advancing colum:1s
or to cast over the tops of trees into
the Confederate lines. The fatal shell,
on leaving the gun, cast a ciircle or
wreath of white smoke behind it, that
we might trace thereby the death mis
sion entrusted to it. It was a sturdf
set of me', scemingly without num
bers, and they came
"Like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in pur
ple and gold,
And the sheen of their spears was like
stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on
Just at daylight on the morning of
the 27th of October, 1864, the battle
Victor Hugo says: "A certain
amount of tempest is always with a
battle. Every historian traces to some
extent the lineament that pleases him
in the hurlyburly. What is a battle?
An oscillation, the immobility of a
mathematical plan to express a min
ute and not a day. To paint a battle
those powerful painters who have
chaos in their pencils are needed."
Let us add that there is always a cer
tain moment in which the battle de
generates into a combat, is particular,
ized and broken up into countless de
tail facts. The historian in such a
case has the evident right to sum up.
He can only catch the principal out
lines of the struggles, and it is not
given to any narrator, however con
scientious he may be, to absolutely fix
the form of that horrible cloud which
'is called a battle.
Soon we were all so mixed up-thai
swords, small arms and ringing can
non thunder caused blood to flow in
"Breast against breast with ruinous
And deafening shock they come."
The rush of columns to the beach;
officers cheering the men on; pauses
breaks, wild and angry threats. up.
braiding calls; fresh rush on rush, and
here, now there; fierce shouts above
below, behind; shrieks of agony, chok
ed groans, and gasps of dying mer
and horses hurled down -with rattling
missiles of death.
"No more shall the war cry sever
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever,
When they laurel the graves of our
About forty-seven years after this
cruel battle was fought, Sunday, June
25, 1911, I was on the same battlefield
pointing out to my companions where
Gen. Hampton was on his fine war
horse, where Gen. Butler rode up and
down the lines, where Gen. Young
rode, where Major Barker was severe
ly wounded, where Col. Zimmerman
Davis behaved so gallantly, where
Preston Hampton was killed and
young Wade Hampton was wounded,
where gallant Hugh Farley v -.s shot
in the cheek, where Dr. Taylor was
busy dressing the wounds of the gal
lant boys in the ranks, where Capt.
Goodwyn, of the 6th South Carolina
cavalry, with about forty men, charg- I
ed a Yankee battery, where Col. Jef
fords, of the 5th South Carolina caval
ry, was killed, where the gallant Major
Hart, of Hart's battery, lost his leg,
and where different incidents happen
Among them was where eGn. Duno
vant's headquarters were in the
month of September, 1864. The oak
trees are still standing where Glenn
Davis, Postelle Wood, Ben Raysor,
Press Burch and I slept on the ground
with nothing to cover with save the
canopy of heaven and our saddle
blankets. And how the water
would run under us when the rain fell,
but we were young then and laughed
Our cavalry camped that month be
tween the White Oak road and the
Bergess Mill pond. There is no mill
now by the dam site.
Under these trees, where we slept,
there is a shanty inhabited by a good
old woman, 74 years old, who lived
only a few miles away when battle was
fought She gave me some minie balls'
that she picked up very near the oak
trees. There is no trace of the large
oaks where Major Barker was wound
When I looked over the field and
thought of the men that were killed
that day, and how all the horses we
rode on both sides during the war had
turned to dust, as well as nearly all
the men who took part in that cruel
war, I was almost tempted to shed
tears. But there is always a humorous
side -even on the battlefield. When
I thought that all was dust I was re
minded of the young lady, who married
a Mr. Dust. After the honeymoon had
sunk beneath the matrimnial horizon
it was then, oh then, that they quar
relled, and she went home to her fath
er, and he said to her, "My daughter,
thou art Dust and unto Dust thou shalt
return," and she dusted.
IMy good friend, Major Mat Hough,
visited this same battlefield in June,
1910, where he, ,with eighty dismount
ed men, had, fought a brigade of Yan
kees in this memorable battle, killing
many of them, for Hiough and his men
got behind an old br.eastwork. They
covered themselves with glory. Lane's
North Carolina brigade and Barks
dale's Mississippi brigade came to his
rescue and saved him. Last June,
when he stood all alone on the same
old breastwork, he thought of the past
and wept. When he told me about it
I thought of the boy on the burning
deck eating peanuts by the peck,
whence all but he had fled.
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Pursuant to a resolution of the Preferred Stock
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Manufacturing company, a meeting of assets in case of
the stockholders of said company is as to cumulatives
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directrs of said company, providing 'net earnings rem
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Whereas it is deemed advantageous shares of Preferr
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desirable that such time after ti. est day of January,..
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plant; therefore priated as follows: On and after the
i by the board of di- first day of January, 1910, 60 per cent
enn-Lowry Manufac.- thereof to the purchase of Preferred
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