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THE PEOPLE'SJ
VOL 12.-NO. 28. PICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 1902.
THE CONFEDERATE
LARGEST ATTEND.
YET KNOWN I
The Hospitality of Grei
THE GUESTS WERE LAVISII
"PEARL OF TI
The Good Order and l)ecoriui
Surpasied.-The Spet
The first session of the South Car
olina division, United Confederate
Veterans, was held on Wednesday,
Aug. 6th, in the auditorium of Chicora
College, which had been tendered for
this purpose. Every seat in the spacious
building was occupied when the presid
ing oficer, Gen. Thos. W. Carwile, of
Edgeileld, called the convention to
order at 12 o'clock. An earnest and
fervent prayer was made by Rev. E.
1'. Taylor, of this city, invoking the
blessings of God upon the veterans and
their deliberations.
lion. W. L. Mauldin was then in
troduced and delivered an address of
welcome on the part of the local camp
of veterans.
Mr. B. A. Morgan, city attorney,
welcomed the veterans and other visi
tors on the part of the citizens of
Greenville.
To these welcoming speeches the
response was made by Gen. Carwile in
a brief and happy manner, after which
he introduced the annual orator, lion.
Robert Aldtich, of Baruwell, who was
received with much applause, and who
spoke as follows :
ANNUAL ORATION BY COL. ALDRICII.
"Another year has come and gone
and we meet again to grasp hands that
have never faltered, to look into eyes
that have never faded and to commend
the cause in which we were im
perilled and in which many of our fel
lows gave up their lives; that cause
about which history has been written,
orators have spoken, ;poets have sung,
and yet the half has not been told nor
never will be told. Since last we met
some of our brethren have crossed
over the river, and let us hope to rest
under the shade of the trees of eternal
life. Some have not gone who, per
haps it is not saying too much to say,
it would have been better for them if
they had gone.
" I will endeavor to show you in a
few words that in fighting for the
cause of the Confederacy we were
right, in undertaking the struggle we
were wise and made no mistake and
that the greatest calamity that ever
befell this country occurred when we
did not win the victory. Our forefa
thers announced in 1776 that all. peo
ple are entitled to be free; that all gov
ernment rested on the consent of the
governed and when the government
became destructive for the purpose for
which it was Intended the governed
had a right to throw it off. That
principle they announced to the world
anad with a heroism unsurpassed they
caused that principle to triumph.
" In 1860 we decided, as it was our
right to (10, that the government had
become destructive and we reafilrmed
the right which came down to us from
our forefathers to throw It off and es
tablish a new one. The greatest
statesman of that time, Horace Greely,
said we had a right to do it. The ma
jority of the statesmen said that
whether we had the right or not they
did not intend for us to exercise it.
Then it was that our State called upon
us to stand against desolation. How we
performed that duty has never been
hdid in full nor never will be. As long
us the mountains stand, as long as the
rivers flow where Lee and Sackeon
fought, as long as blood and ashes con
scerate gthe soil, so long will that
cause stand as a monument to South
ern soldiers. (A pplause.)
Colonel Aldrich then referred to the
taxation of the South. The North
erners, he said, inaugurated a system
characterized by us as the protective
tariff system by which they took the
greatest portion of our eariiings. This
system made the most productive part
of the country the poorest. What is
the condition today ? The total re
ceipts of this section last year
amounted to $462,000,000. Where is
It? It is gone to enrich Northern
mnanufacturers. How did It go ?
Everything that you use, everything
.that the Southern planters use in the
.productio~n of their crops is taxed from
~3 to 150 per cent, which causes
athe production of our section to
go togthe North. We are merely slaves
to the Northern portion of this cour.
try.
Suppose we could keep this money
In our'own quarters year after year.
In ten years from toay we would be
the richest and most prosperous people
under the sun. It was our rIght to be
so and we fought for that right and
muld have been bastards If we had
not. Two hundred and fifty million
dlolifurs are paid out for pensions, we
pay one-third of that amount. When
I think ot these things I can't agree
.with my countrymen that it would
have been better to have failed. We
had a right to establish a government
for ourselves, we had just cause and
but forjaccidents would have succeed..
ed. Our failure wa not for the want
VETERANS' REUNION.
%NCE OF VISITORS
[N THIS STATE.
.nville Was Unbounded.
I IN THEIR PRAISE OF TIIH
IE PIEDMONT."
i of the Occelion Were Never
ches and Addreesee.
of heroism on the part of our men.
" Our cause," said Colonel Aldrich,
" was sanctified by the care, prayers :
and many tears of our glorious women.
While every Southern soldier has done
justice to the women in his heart we
have not done justice ourselves by a
them. That monument to tha women
must go up. (Applause.) if you r
don't send in your contribution soon
you will not have the opportunity to g
do so before crossing the river.
In a speech 1 recently heard Capt. n
Richard Pearson Hobson make he gave c
gave the following as his reason why 14
no monument has ben erected to the
women of the South: " That if all the S
men of the South were to collect upon o
an open plane and dig down to the ,
solid granite and collect all the white
marble in the world and put it block
upon block until it reached the bril- tl
liant heavens it would not be high p
enough to commemorate their mem
ory." Colonel Aldrich himself paid a
high tribute to the noble women of this n
Soutbland.
If the tumes were to chango and the
people and men of today were called a
upon to face the question of another a
struggle, not forgetting the sacrifices
that would have to be made, the terri
ble loss of property, the loss of lives
and innumerable other disasters, but e1
remembering that were it not done ,
that the names of Lee, Jackson, y
Hampton, Kershaw, Jenkins and a
liost of other heroes would be taken B
from history and the fame that sur.
rounds the soldiers and the women of
the Confederate war I woul.I nerve
my heart to the duty of the hour and
3ay we are standing on the right, fire I
As long as you wear the name of Con
federate soldier never admit it was an
error or a mistake that challenged fate A
for our step. Colonel Aldrich con
cluded his remarks amid loud and re
peated applause.
At the conclusion of this able and
interesting address, (en. C. Irvine hi
Walker, commander of the Army of H
Northern Virginia department and i
formerly commander of the South T
Carolina division, U. C. V., was intro
luced. He expresed great pleasure C
in having an opportunity to again face
the veterans of the South Carolina pl
livision, which, he said, was the in
largest division in the entire South. le iC
cferred to the first reunion held seven ai
fears ago when he became commander d
)f the division. There were only twenty H
3ight delegates present. Last year in ui
Dolumbia, he said, there were enrolled
1,700 delegates. General Walker con- Be
%luded his remarks with a glowing w
,ribute to the late Gen. Wade [lamp- i
,on, whom lie succeeds as commander hi
>f the Army of Nort,bern Virginia. lie bi
hen formally presented the gavel of at
south Carolina division to his successor, w
Ren. T. W. Carwile, who accepted It tli
en a few but well chosen words. The
3onventioni adjourned. ca
Cc
01
The second day's reunion proceed- 01
ings began at 10 o'clock. Capt. R. HI. t,r
Jennings, a one-armed veteran, in the m
ibsence of the chaplain, asked God's ti,
blessing upon the reunion, Hie prayed
that at each succeeding meeting the cc
veterans be more closely knitted to- ca
gether in the bonds of fellowship and am
brotherly love, and as their ranks be- tv~
come depleted those who remain will ti
be living epistles of all that is true and L,
noble, andi that they bring no reproach fs
upon the cause which is not lost. b
Hon. James W. Austin, of Atlanta, ci
was then introduced to the audience, 8
and he delivered the speech to be y
found elsewhere In our columns. Mr. o
Austin is a native of Green villb Coun- $1
ty, and his father and mother, Dr. and al
Mrs. W. HI. Austin, were among the c
most interested listeners in the audi. J
ence. lie is a grandson of Dr. Man- E
ning Austin, who commandled a corn- ii
pany in the Hampton Legion the first b
year of the war. c
The memorial exercises In honor a
of Gen. Hampton followed, and the ci
memorial read by its author, Col. ,Jas. a
A. Hoyt, was unanimously adopted by p
a rising vote. Col. Hoyt was followed
by Glen. M. C. Butler, wuo spoke in b
high praise of the illustrious dead. y
Both addresses are printed in this e
Issue. t1
Col. James Armstrong next adldresg- o
ed the audience in general and the b
ladies In part,icular, and his witticisms
kept them in a roar of laughter. lie a
spoke of his life of "single bleased- I
ness" and candidly admitted that it t
was not his fault. In his desperation i
he a ppealed to the ladles to take pity e
on him, referring especially to the I
pretty youug lady sponsors and maids I
of honor. He admitted that auch a
union would be an exemplification of i
May and Decetimber. " But,," said (Iol. I
Armstrong, "I repat that If one of I
these prett yotn ladies will take pit
ott me and comne fward .I will glady
commit my keepn mnto her hands."'
The wot0Is ha scatoely fallen from
his lips when Miss Gertrude Eperon
of Stamter, ap eur for Camp, ik ersn
den. n a bewtc. nlyprtt
young woman, walked up beside hit
extended her hand and said: " er
I am, Mr. Armstiong, will you hay
me ?"
Col. Armstrong first turned as whit
as his naturally florid complexioi
would permit, then red and finally a
blue as an egg plant.
The audience howled, many press
ing forward to extend their hands it
congratulation, while the young lad3
looked into his face enjoying his con,
fusion. Col. Armstrong was desper
ite.
The crowd continuing to shout and
ipplaud with one convulsive effort, he
reached out and put his Arm around
aer waist, and bcfore she could r&
ease herself from his grasp, implanted
kiss on her left cheek. It was then
omebody else's turn to blush.
About two o'clock the line of parade
vas formed and marched down Main
treet to the park, where a delightful
arbecue was served.
The reunion convention adjourned
ine (lie at 6 o'clock this evening after
harmonious session of two days.
'he election of otlicers resulted in the
nanimous choice of Gen. Thos. W.
'arwile for division commander; Gen.
iminerman Davis, first brigade com
iander; B. 11. Teague, second brigade
amiander. In like manner the fol
)wing veterans were chosen to serve
n the State pension board : Wm. 1).
tarling, of Columbia ; W. II. Hardin,
f Chester ; B. M. Lebby, of Charles
)n.
Resolutions of thanks offered by
en. J. W. Moore, of Hampton, to
ie citizens of Greenville for their hoe
itality were adopted by a rising vote.
The meeting place for next year
as left to Gen Carwile, division com
ander. Maj. W. M. 1F'ester, of Spar
mnburg, and W. W. Luumpkin, of Co
tnbia, made beautiful and entertain
ig speeches just before adjournment,
ad the convention united mo singing:
When the roll is called tip yonder."
he benediction was pronounced by
[aj. W. M. Foster, and thus was end.
I one of the most, delightful sessions
3t held by the veterans.
UTLER'S TRIBUTE
TO HAMPTON.
PLENDID SKETCH OF HIS
LIFE AND SERVICES.
.s a Cavalry Leader and as is
Statesman Withouit Fear and
Without Reproach.
The tribute of (en. M. C. Butler to
8s friend and commander, Gen. Wade
ampton, which was read before the
)nvention of Confederate veterans on
huraday, is given herewith
omrades and Friends:
It is eminently proper and appro
:iate that we should suspend the cere
onies usual at our reunions and ded
ate a few hours to paying homage
id respect to the memory of our most
stinguished comrade-General Wade
ampton, who has died since our last
eeting.
He was literally, and in the fullest
use, my immediate comrade, as he
as. of many of you here today. With
e exception of brief int ervals, when
was in command of an infantry
'igade, or we were absent from the
my disabled by wounds or sickness,
a were in the same command from
e0 beginning to the end of the war.
General Hampton began his military
reer in the Confederate army as
lonel of the Hampton Legion, an
ganmzation made up largely by him
through his influence, iIe con
ibuted freely from his own private
eans to its equipment and prepars
:n for service in the hield.
The Legion was composed of eight
mpanies of infantry, four troops of
valry, and a battery of horse
t,illery, afterwards increased to
ro. It was kept together until
Lo summer of 1862, when, as a
egion, it was broken up. The in
untry retained the name. The cavalry
y the addition of six troops was in
easedi to a regiment known as the
acond Booth Carolina cavalry. The
irst brigade of cavalry of the army
Northern Virginia was composed of
ro First and Second South Carolina
ad the First North Carolina. The
ebb Legion cavalry, the Phillhps and
off Davis Legions of cavalry and
[art's battery. P'ending the organ
atlon and getting together of th.is
rigadle, General Hampton was put in
)mmand of a brigade of infantry,
fiter the organization of the first
rivalry brigade, General Hampton wai
isigned to its command in the latter
art of the summer of 1862.
He remained in command of thu
rigade until the 9th of June, 1863,
rhen he was promoted to major gon
rat and assigned to the commando0
Lie First Cavalry Division composes
f Butler's, Rosser's and Young'
rigades, ranking in the order named
After General Stuart's death fron
mortal wound at Yellow Tavern,. it
fay, 1864, General Hampton became
lie ranking major general of cavalr
a the army of Northern Virginia. The
avalry corps of that army consisted o:
lampton's, Fitz Lee's and Win. HI. F
*0e's divisions.
General Hampton, although the
anking major general, was not placed
n command of the corps unti
leptember, 1864, when M. C. Butte
mas promoted to major general an<
resigned to the command of Hampton'
tivision. It Is due to t,he truth c
aistory to say that General Lee
from some sinister influence, had no
luly appreciated General Hampton'
Migh military qualities until after th
battle of rrevilliau's S" ation, on the
e II Lh and 12th of June, I 864, where,
e with only two division%, H1aipton's
and Fitz ILee's, he defet ed Sheridan
0 at the head of a largely huperior force,
I turned himn back from his contemplated
s raid to join Hunter in the valley, and
compelled him to seek shelter undor
- Fe leral General Boats in the Pa
munkoy river.
After defeating Sheridan, as above
- stated, General Hampton moved across
the front of General Lee's army, met
Wilson at the head of two divisions at
Sapony church, twenty miles below
Petersburg, returning from his raid
down the Soutiside railroad towards
Staunton river, and defeated him, after
an all night tight, scattered his forces,
capturing his artillery, and ambulances
and compelling him to make a long de
tour with the remnant of his command
to regain Grant's lines.
When it is remembered that Trevil
lian's Station and Sapony church, near
Stoney Creek station, are about equal
distances from Richmond in opposite
directions, and that Hampton, practi
cally with the same troops, defeated
two columns of cavalry, each stronger,
better equipped and better mounted
than his own, within a period of two
or three weeks, the magnitude and im
portance of the achievement may be
realized.
After this, the closest and most cor
dial relations were established between
Generals Lee and Hampton. The
former not only trusted him with im
plicit confidence and sought his advice
on many occasions, but entertained for
his personal and military qualities the
highest esteem. And well he might,
for my candid judgment is, Ilaipton's
defeat of Sheridan at Trevillian's
Station saved Richmond from an attack
in the rear and probable capture. And
his defeat of Wilson near Stoney ('reek,
in a measure paralyzed(l Grant's cavalry
forces and impaired the prestige of its
former successes.
The importance of this service is
further enhanced by the fact that both
Sheridan and Wilson were rioldiers of
great ability, dashing, accomphlished,
perhaps the ablest cavalry commanders
in the Federal service. More than
that, I do not think it would be ex
travagant to say they clommanded the
best equipped and best mounted
cavalry in the world.
General Hampton remained in Vir
ginia with the army of Northern Vir
ginia participating in all the operations
of that incomparable army until
January, 1865. Butler's division was
transferred to South Carolina at that
time. Wheeler's division of cavalry
reached Columbia in February, 1865,
with the remnant of IIood's army. The
two divisions United in Columbia.
Wheeler, as major general, ranked
both Hampton and Butler. The
former was promoted to lieutenant
general and placed in command of the
two divisions and retained command
until the surrender of Johnson's army
at Greensboro, N. C., in the latter part
of April, 1865.
Before the final arrangements of
capitulation between Johnson and
Sherman, both Hampton and Wheeler
left Johnson's army at Greensboro, in
tending to join the Confederate forces
in the Trans-Mississippi dt partment,
leaving Butler in command of the
cavalry of Johnson's army. Their
p)lans, however, were changed and
they decided to abandon further' re
sistance to the United States armies.
This is a brief andi imperfect state
ment of General Hampton's military
career. I have not attempted to give
in detail, (for t,he limits imposed by
an address like this would not per
mit.it), of his splendid achievements
in that long, perilous and unequal
struggle. You old battle-scarred vet
erans, gallant survivors of the great
est armies the world has ever known,
know and appreciate the value of those
achievements and services. Let us
hope the present andi coming genera
tions will not allow the Illustrious and
brilliant career of General H[ampton
to grow dim or lose any of its lustre as
the years roll on.
Those of us, who have personal
knowledge of his great exploits, military
and civil, cannot in the course of
nature expect to linger much longer on
earth, and must necessarily commit to
those who come after us, the guardian
ship of Confederate valor-and the
paitriotic purposes of their high en
dteavor. There were three Confeder
ate cavalry leaders who are entitledi to
primacy in that brilliant galaxy of
splendid dashing sabreux, who taught
the world so much In the use of
mounted troops in offensive and( de
fensive operations of armies-G4enerals
Stuart, Forrest anid Hampton ranking
in the order named, not necessarily in
merit.
It, would niot be profitable or ap
propriate at this time to draw com
parisons between them. The friends
-and admirers of each would naturally
tgive the palm of merit to their p)er
I sonal choice. The cold criticism of
Shistory will in after years assign to
,each of these great soldiers his proper
Splace in the order of military merit.
SWhen that Is done we need have no
Sfears, as to the p)lace our distinguished
rfriend and comrade will occupy.
SGeneral Earl Van Dorn may properly
t be placed in this competitive list for
,the first place among the great cavalry
soldiers of the world. All had one
i quality in common, strong, vigorous,
I robust constitutions, a quality not to
1 be ignored in the make-up of a success
r ^ful cavalry leader.
SI can speak advisedly from personal
s knowledge andh almost constant associ
f ation with General Hampton. Hie was
, a man of most temperate and abstemi
t ous habits, and in the many long,
s weary, exhausting marches, engaging
B In almoat daily combats with the en
emy, which sometimes swelled into
fierce battles, he never seemed to real
ize what fatigue was. Superadded to
his physical powers was another crown..
ing quality, which enabled him to 1)as
so successfully through so many exact
ing trials of endurance, namely, un
varying equanimity of temper and
dignity of deportment. lie never lost
his head and raroly his temper. lit =
never swore an oath or took the name --
of the Lord in vain---leaving, I fear
that painful necessity, which sometimes th
arises im managing a column of rollick- at
lug horsemen, to his lesH fortunate sub
or:linates. pc
As these ceremonies are in the na
lure of memorial services, tributes of n
affection and esteem for our departed t
comrade, and as there are others who t
wish to avail themselves of the oppor
tunity to show their appreciation of a
him not only as a soldier and states.
man, but as a man and great exalted sll
citizen, I cannot with propriety enter
into the details of his brilliant military
services and no less brilliant achieve- a
ments in civil life and pursuits of a
peace. Sufilce it to say that he parti- a
cipated with brilliant distinc!:lot mo the
first battle of the war at Manassas, and t
in the last at Bentonville, N. C., con
tributing in the meantime by his con- th
nanding military talents, genus, in
tuition, or whatever it may be called, a
to the glorious triumphs and achieve
ments of the Confederate struggle, v
especially in the army of Northern C8
Virginia. his antagonist never got the to
bettor of him. No honorable soldier,
whether friend or foe, ever suffered al
indignity at his hands.
No act of oppression either within eq
his own or his enemies' lines ever br
marred his exalted character, or his ?
reputation as a soldier and gentleman.
General lampton had in a higher p1
degree than any man I ever knew a tin
knowledge of what is called woodcraft, wl
the topographical maimlinct. lie had So0
been a most successful field sportsman e(
in pursuit of wild game, and in this pa
way had cultivated a natural talent for 801
locating objects and catching at a sol
glance the topographical features of
the country in which he was operatn.
This gave him a great advantage over H(
an antagonist who was deficient in such
qualities, and like Stonewall Jackson TI
and Forrest, he was constantly doing
the unexpected, doing something
making some movement for which
there was no rule laid down in the
books. As a sportsman and perfect
horseman he had learned the value of
secrecy and celerity of movement.
The result was the enemy was bafled ed
and misled, and often unprepareci for vi
the audacity and suddenness of his
al.tacks. 7 t
No sketch of the military side of (e
General Hampton's character, as im-t- the
perfect even as this may be, would be -
satifactory that (lid not make sone
mention of that band of invaluable as
sistants the mounted scouts. Shadburne on
and Hogan, and Scott and Sparks, and do
Ashby and Doolin, and Griilui and the of
other rollicking, fearless, dare-devil me
cavalrymen detailed from their respoc- of
Live commands for special service, as for
scouts were literally the eyes and ears e"
of the general oflicers of cavalry and i
through them the commanding general (
of the army. They operated between 1)t
the lines of the two armies, often with- an
in the enemy's lines, vxercising a hold, let
audacious, sleepless vigilance, relying re
upon their nerve aL(d cool courage andl w
upon their faithful horses and ever- w
ready trigger, they rendleredi services m
to their generals and country of incal.L
culable value. All honor to the gal- gr
lant, dashing fellows who watched to
while we slept and kept, us advised of 1e0
every movement of the enemy. If _w<
the true, unadorned st,ory of their ox- m<l
ploits could b)0 written they would ro
stagger the crediulity of any reader, of
That story will never be written, but re
if General Hampton could be con- ml
suIted, I am sure ho would approve ha
my wordi of commendation of these me
adventurous, faithful aids in cornnec- ]
Lion with his life. tal
And now a word as to his services I
to his Stat,e since he sheathed his swortd.
In that connection, too, it was my sto
good fortune to be int,imately associat- br<
ed with him, and I am scarcely willing an<
to trust myself to speak in detail, for Iho
fear I may inadvertent,ly and almost im
avoidiably indulge in egotism, which is
never in good t,aste. r
Is womnderful leadership in that 2
great anti memorable p)olitical revolu- le
tion in this State in 1876, his eletin
andl installation as Governor, his suc
cessful administration of that high
oflce, surroundted by such apparently
hopeless difllculties, his prominent
part in connection with his fellow
countrynmen in reseluing the Stat,e from
the dlepths of political tdegradation and
humiliation, establishing peace and
law and ordler where theme hiad recent
ly been reckless debauchery in the
p)ublic service, st,arting the people at<
again on the road to prosperit,y, public up
and private credit b)y his wisdom, saga- W
city and patience, his election to the di
U nitetd States Senate where his scholar- cS
ly attamnments, high character, un
selfIsh idelity t,o his State and country th
reflected so much renown and honor m<
upont that State and country, arc all as
events of such recent, occurrence that Ji
I need not do more than atdvert, to ric
them. (0
I violate no confidence and I trust W
no rule of p)ropriety when I say of my w
own knowledge that when lie was m
turned out of this high oillece, where re
he was serving his const,it,uency so ac- In
ceptably anti ably, lie suffered the one ce
great grief of his life, which shiroudied Lr
his declining years in sorrow andi re- T
gret. Not that the oflce was essen.. gi
tial to his happiness or peace of mind, bi
but in view of his groat and illustrious fr
services and sacrifices for his people _
and country,.ho had a right, to expect: *r
The World's Greate
For all forms of fever take JOHNsoN
It Is 100 times better than quinine ind
nine cannot do In 10 days. It's splodib
feeble cures made by quinine.
COSTS bO CENTS
emu to say: " Well (ono, thou good
id faithful servant."
(eneral Ilatmpton b )re this disap.
itutinent with patience and charity
r the authors of the injustice, and
>ver relaxed in his love and devotion
his State. lie was sustained
rough life by a composurc, and
luauliuity of demeanor which nothing
>peared to ruffo, by a high, exalted,
ght-miniedness and unseltish, self.
eriliciug patriotism, by abilities and I
,tainments of a very high order, by
I unswerving fidelity to duty, by the
idowments, qualities and mtanners of
gentleman.
These principles, reinforced and
rengthenuel by assurances and belief
the sufliciency and power of faith
his (od, suistained him inl dleath,
id will support and comfort him in
at endless, boundless, fathomless
ate of eternity.
Lot me commend to you, may old,
iteran friends, survivors of the great
t and bestarmies that ever struck a
ow for a good cause, and especially
you' younf. 'eople, lot me, with an
.ectionato benediction, commend to
u the glorious, splendid, illustrious
e of our departed comrade, and his
ually glorious death, when he
3athed almost with his last gasp,
Peace on earth, good will to mhan."
In the long years of our intimate
es onal and political association in
les of high excitement and anxiety,
en the ambitions and passions and
netimes resentinents of men were
.ited, never a harsh or unkind word
sed between us. This, to m0, is a
tree of intense satisfaction und con
at;on. c
)YT'S TRIBUTE TO HAMPTON. A
A NI) 'IC11E STATI;NM A N.
0
te Spirit Aniniaating tie Con- p
'e(lerate' 501(11ier ini W Ar alnd1 I
L'he following is the memorial ofier- t
by Col. .James A. iloyt, of (reen
to, at the reunion oxercises on the
inst., held in commemoration of
1n. Wade Hlampton, tihe soldier and
statesman, and which was a most
creating feature of the reunion :
L'he Confederate hosts are marching
to victory I The world looks back.
rd to Appomattox to hear a Nation's
tth-cry I The (lark and awful night
the Confederacy had then come, and 1
n were unprepared for the final shock
the contest which had been waged
four years. It was an era more
st,ful than any period in the world's
tory, where more battles were fought t
thin a given time than on any other
rtion of the globe-great and terrible
,ties in which hundreds and thous
d were slain on both sides. Our great
ider said the time had come to sur
uder, and yet even at that moment,
ion the flag of truce was going for
Ard, some of Lee's ragged, half starved
an were driving the enemy in front of
em.
In altogether another sense the thin
ey line that disappeared at Appomat
x has achievedl victories that are not
is Important contributions to the
)rld's history, and today for a passing
ment amid the sacred pleasures of
.tnlon we pause to recount the vIrtues
the slaIn who died In vaIn for free
mn on the field or who have made a
:ord since that has challenged the ad
ratIon of the men and women who
ye known the Confederacy only as a
mory of the past.
.n memorializing our own great chief
n in war andl In peace, let us recall
no of those who were his compatriots
the triumphant tide of war and in the
ars of bitter anguish, when the
utest race that ever fought was
ught low in the dust of humiliation,
I in the brighter days that came with
pe and reconciliation to take the place
haggard waste and sup reme despair.
L us enter with tFather Rtyan the won
>us woodland where he heard a grand
morim strain that came in solemn
asure till his soul, with comfort
esed,
"Hank down among the lilies
With folded wings to rest.
"iThrough the forest's twilight aisle
Passed a host with mufled footsfep's,
l a martial rank and tile;
And I knew those gray-clad ligures,
Thus slowly pashing b,
Were the souls of Southern soldiers
Who for freedom dared to (lie."
Look yonder at Albert Sidney JIohn
>n, who on Shiloh's bloody Ilel d yielded
>his noble and unselfish life even
ien wieked and cruel slander was
agging down his name, and his vindi
tion swiftly came to rebuke and silence
o vIle tongues of his traducers. HIe
us among the noblest and bravest, and
e South will ever cherish his glorious
imory and unstained character. Bwift
the eagle's wing there goes Stonewall
ekson, in whose ears rang the victo
>us shouts of his own soldiers at
aancellorsville, as he passed to his re
urd with a crown of glory won and his
urfare accomplished. The civilized
yrld recognizes the fact that the supre
ist attribute of his character, though
nowned as a militant soldier, was thme
flexible devotion of his soul to the
oss of Christ, an humble, faithful, ln
ipid follower of the lowly Nazarene
1e warrior priest, Leonidas Polk, the
eat and might leader of men, who
unted it joy to meet his Master while
ttling for the right and whose life was
eely given for the land he loved so
elI. A. P. Hill, whose pure and noble
,irit joined the martyred host on the:
- -y.a\ LL~ 1L(]1%..
t Fever Medicine.
8 (HIIM, and EVE)HU IONIC.
does in a singlo day what slow ul
cures are in striking contrast to the
IF IT CUR ES.
aet battle plain, as it were ; Jeb Stuart,
he bold and daring cavalier whose
unoral knoll pealed forth amid the boom
)f his own artillery; gallant Ashby's
talwart form was laid in an early grave
tudor the shadow of his own Blue Ridge,
vhero the murmuring waters of the
henandoah sing a requiem over his
arthly remains ; the matchless Pelham
nd the peerless Pogram; the dashing,
esourceful Morgan and the incompara
)le lorrest ; and Jenkins, glorious Jon
ins, with his fearless, steady eye that
aughod with triumph when the battle
itorm was raging ; Kershaw, the cheva
br without reproach ; Kennedy, the
.enorous, lofty spirit that know not fear;
3arnard E. Bee, an officer of tried cour
go and undoubted capacity whose
glorious career was onded at Manasaas,
where he gave his tirst orders in battle ;
Milleigo L. Bonha,, of noble bearing
and soldierly mien, who had served in
three wars ; James Conner, kindly,
enial, chivalrous and true ; Stephen
Elliott, Jr., famous for daring and skill
ful lighting ; N. G. Evans, the hero of
Stone Bridge and Loosburg, commended
for " dauntless conduct and imperturb
able coolness ;" Maxcy Gregg, the brave
soldier and true patriot, who when his
ammunition was exhausted said he would
hold the position with the bayonet -
Johnson Hagood, distinguished for gal
lantry, and recommended for promotion
by Beauregard as " a bravo and merito
rious officer ;" Abner M. Porrin, who
roll dead while leading his brigade
hrough a destructive tir at. the "bloody
ngle " on the 12th of May, 1864 ; Clen
nt 11. Stevens, known as the "iron
ierved " and renowned for his mochani
al genius applied to the alt of war;
Vllm. H1. Wallace, whose service in war
ald in peace was with honor and lidelity;
amuol McGowan, the lion -hearted, who
on lasting honor and distinction in
vil life and on the field of battle ; Brat
ni, the beloved commander and tona
ous soldier whose gallantry was never
arpassed; Anderson, reticent and al.
'ost stoical, whose soubriquet of
Fighting I)ick " best describes the osti
late of his mon ; Mart Gary, the in
repid, dauntless soldier and born leader
f men ; States Rights Gist, the fervent
atriot, and Manigault, the cultured
ontleman and accomplished warrior.
'hose men died bravely for the cause
icy loved or lived to serve their coun
ry with honorable intent and purpose.
'o these we add
" lie countless thousands
In that mighty phantom host,
T'rue hearts and nolble patriots
Whose names on earth are lost.
'l'here the ' misniug' found their places
TIhose who vanished from our gaze
l.iko brilliant, flashing meteors,
And were lost in glory's blaze.
Yes, they passed, that noble army
They passed to meet their hord,
And a voicO within ins whispered:
''They but marched to their reward.'"
' Sunny South, weep on ?" Thy sons
lustratod the spirit of their forefathers,
ut they came not back from Appomat
,x without hope and were not dismayed
t the task that lay bef'ire them though
hey look upon " homes whose light was
uenched," and their memories wore
ied with "the graves without a stone,
ho folded 11ag, the broken sword," the
pun without its soldier. " Yet raise thy
lead fair land I"
Trho folded thag its stainless still, the
hbrokeni sword i a bright,
!(o blot. oin thy recordl is found(, no treasoJn
soils thy3 fame."
There is yet hops to lure us on to
~reater victories, where courage even of
ihigher type will be required and where
nanhood's strength will mo us on
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