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Reunion of Company F, Nth S. C. V.
Mr. Editor: I had the glorioua privi
lege of being with tho old boys of this
famous command in their reunion at
Sandy Springs Church, on Saturday,
the 19th. Everything seemed propit
ious for the occasion. ?Who ever saw a
more beautiful August day? Who ever
saw a better ordered crowd? With
good roads, and the air made most
pleasant by recent rains, everything
seemed inviting.?A large crowd was
on hand. The good people of the vicin
ity had made ample arrangement for
the comfort and pleasure of their
guests. Barrels of ice water that
lusted all day, with dippers attached,
free for everybody to drink. Then
there was lemonade and ice cream.
That sturdy, big hearted old Veteran,
Capt. J. P. Sloan, presided, assisted by
Veteran J. P. Dillard.
The proceedings were opened with
sacred music, led by Miss Lula Blnck
well, and prayer by Comrade J. O.
Then followed the calling of the roll
by Sergt. McKelvy, of Greenville,
while Sergt. J. P. Dillard (from the
records of the company) accounted for
Seventeen of the old company was
(Comrade J. D. Mock tells me that
17 of his old Company E, of the 14th,
were present at their reunion at Wood
ruff on the 17th, while 13 of Co. C of
the same regiment answered at Union
Church on the 12th.)
After roll call came an address by O.
(i. Thompson, of Co. G, 3d Regiment,
followed by M. P. Patton, Esq., of
Cross Anchor, also a survivor of that
Here at the request of Comrade Dil
lard, O. G. Thompson read a narrative
by Col. Joseph N. Brown, of the 14th,
who commanded the Brigade at the
Bloody Angle after the wounding of
Gen. McGowan and Col. Hunt. This1
was a description of how McGowan's
Brigade retook the works after the dis
aster to Johnson in the early morning
of the 12th of May, and in correction of
Gen, Gordon's book, published after his
death, in which he, Gen. Gordon, gives
to troops of his command the credit of
re-capturing the salient, instead of the
troops of McGowan's Brigade to whom
it rightfully belonged.
A splendid dinner, with an accom
paniment of hash, was served by the
good ladies of the neighborhood.
In the afternoon Mr. F. P. McGowan
made an eloquent address.
Dixie and other martial airs of the
Confederacy, by Miss Blackwell and
young lathes, added much to the occa
The meeting closed with "When the
Roll Is Called Up Yonder."
Besides Comrades Snead and McElvy
of Co. F. and survivors of many com
mands of the several arms of the ser
vice in the county, we had the pleasure
of greeting among other survivors from
a distance, Captain W. J. Cathcart, of
Columbia, Capt. A. B. Byrd, of tho fa
mous McBeth Artilery, and others.
We met three survivors of the 13th.
S. C?R. P. Adair, J. Andy Jones and
There were from Laurens: One com
pany of the 13th, three companies of
the 14th, four of the 3rd, Regiment and
five companies of the 3rd, Battalion.
These were all infantry. Of the caval
ry, I recal these: Companies E and A
of the 6th, A of the 7th, and a part of
B of the 1st,
When it is remembered that in nearly,
if not quite, all of these companies there
were away over one hundred men, we
figure t,hat there were enlisted from
this county 2000 to 2500 men.
This Co -of the 13th, Cos. C E and F
of the 14th, are the Laurens troops
tbat served in the far-famed McGowan
Brigade, commanded first by Maxcy
Gregg, who fell at Frederickaburg.
This brigade was composed wholly of
South Carolina troops, to-wit: The 1st,
(Gregg's old Regiment) 12ta, 13th, 14th,
and Orr's Rifies. 'It formed a part "of
A. P. Hill's Division, or the immortal
Corps of Stonewall Jackson, from the
Seven Day's Battle to the fall of Jack
son at Chancellorsville.
After Chancellorsville, A. P. Hill
commanded Jackson's Corps to his
fall in attempting to rally his troops
upon the breaking of the Confederate
lines at Petersburg in the last days of
It fell to the lot of this grand old
Brigade?McGowan's?on the 12th of
May, 1864, at Spottsylvania Court
House, (after Grant had assaulted be
fore daylight with overwhelming force
and captured the salient, afterward to
be known for all time as the Bloody
Angle,) together with Edward Johnson
and his Division of 2,500 men to retake
and hoid this place for 18 hours under
the most awful musketry fire known in
the annuals of war. There is now in
the Mescum of War Relics in Washing
ton, -the stump of an oak, 18 or 20 in
ches in diameter, Bhot off here by
musketry alone. The late Col. I. F.
Hunt, of the 13th Regiment, who com
manded the Brigade for awhile that
day after the wounding of Gen. Mc
Gowan, in a graphic description of the
battlo of tho 12th of May, says that
there was a large hickory cut down
there in the same way, and that for
many hours the lines were only sepa
rated by earthworks of a few feet of
thickness. That when the Federals
would reach their guns over the works
our boys would frequently grasp them
near the muzzle and turn the fire to
the rear. But our boys, true and tried,
I_ _ - - - -
held these lines till. Grant and Meadc,
after hammering ten days from the 8th
to the 18th, pulled up for another flank
These great battles at Spottsylvania,
C. H., with the great battles of Fred
ericksburg, Chancellorsville anil the
Wilderness, all in SiK>ttsylvania county,
make this one of the great, if not the
greatest battlefield of the world.
At the Gettysburg national cemetery
there are buried something over 3,000
dead. At the Fredericksburg cemetery
there are 16,000 Federal dead.
The writer having been badly wound
ed at Spott8yleanin on Sunday morning,
the 8th, (where Kershaw's Brigade, af
ter marching nearly all of the night of
the 7th, met in a short but dcsjierate
and deadly conflict, the two divisions of
Warrens's Corps repulsing the enemy
with the bayonet and clubbed muskets,)
lay at the field hospital a mile to the
rear for a week, and was in easy hear
ing of the battle of the 12th and knows
well the part that McGowan's men
Gen. Gordon tells, in speaking of
Leo's prescivnee in foreseeing the ob
ject and intentions of his antagonist,
that in the evening of the 7th, at the
Wilderness, while both armies lay
wounded and bleeding from two days of
terrible battle, that he, Gordon, said to
Gen. Lee: "Grant will retreat tonight. "
Lee answered: "He will beat Spottsyl
vania in the morning." Longstreets
Corps, with Kershaw in front, marched
nearly all night to meet Grant's van
guard in that desperate Sunday morn
ing battle at Spottsylvania.
For the martyred dead who could not
answer roll call, it maybe said:
"Yon marble minstrel's voiceless stone
In deathless song shall tell,
When many a vanished age hath flown,
The story how ye fell.
Nor wreck, nor* change, nor winter's
Nor time s remorseless doom,
Shall dim one ray of glory's light
That gilds your glorious tomb."
O. G. T.
Judge?Have yon anything to nay
before I puss sentence upon you?
Bank Wrecker?Yes. Don't tho rules
allow you to take out time from my
Sentence equnl to the length of that
miserable speech my lawyer made??
She-Miss St Iffy had always vowotl
she would never marry. How did ?he
happen to ?bange li<*r mind? Ho?
Why. some one proposed.?Detroit l'reo
W. L. Boyd, Lauren*, S. C.
Who sells the L. & M. Paint, Knows
it for a fact, that the L. & M. Taint
has the reputation of being the leader
all the worltl over. That its actual cost
is only $1.20 a gallon.
President Harrie Jordan to the Cotton
Producers of the South.
To the Members of the Southern Cotton
"The members of the association have
been apprised through the public press
from day to day of the work done by
the officers of the association at Wash
ington. As a result cf their charges
the unreliability of the reports of the
department of agriculture relating to
the cotton crop has been fully disclosed,
and the mal-administration of that de
partment under its present head has
been made evident.
"Following these exposures, efforts
are now being made to divert public, at
tention from the main issue, which is,
the imperfections of the department,
toward an attempted prosecution of
anybody who can bo found as a scape
goat. Their punishment, even if it is
accomplished, is of secondary impor
tance as compared with the reforma
tion of the system which has made
their performances possible, and the
purpose of this address is to secure the
co-operation of the members of this
association in influencing in every legi
timate way a reformation of the sys
tem, and a reorganization of the de
"The membership of this association,
numbering nearly 1,000,000, included
the producers of the most valuable
product of American agriculture. The
cotton crop of the United States, and
its by-products is worth between $600,
000,000 and $700,000,000 annually. It
furnishes two-thirds of our annual trade
balance, and in its production and manu
facture employs many million individ
uals. No other product of the United
States is of greater or of equal impor
tances'; The practical monopoly of cot
ton which America enjoys, and the nar
row balance which has existed for years
between sufficiency and scarcity in the
world's cotton supply, render the cotton
market peculiarity and acutely suscepti
ble to the reports of the department of
agriculture regarding the condition and
prospects of the cotton crop.
COTTON GROWERS' WORK.
"Under the present circumstances a
great duty devolves upon the members
of the association. We arc less con
cerned with what has been done by a
few individuals and the consequences
thereof, regrettable as that may be,
than with such reformation of depart
mental methods as .shall secure for us
just and accurate reports in the future.
Under the system at present in vogue,
and which promises to be undisturbed
unless public attention shall be arroused
to the need of reform, the reports is
sued by the department of agriculture
are, in their last analysis simply the
individual opinion of a few officials of
doubtful experience and honor by which
tho value of the cotton crop may be,
and has been, affected as much as
$75,000,000 in a single day.
"No such power should be delegated
to any individual, or statistical board,
except under conditions which guar
antee the most incorruptible expert and
intelligent opinion, arrived at by the
application of the most scientific
methods and safeguarded by the most
scientific precautions. It is, therefore,
urgently recommended to the members
of the Southern Cotton Association that
through their representatives in con
gress, and by every other means availa
ble to them, they exert their influence
and that of the association toward se
curing the immediate reorganization of
the agricultural department, especially
with reference to its reports on the cot
ton crop, and that their representatives
in congress be requested specifically to
demand: (1) The establishment within
the department of agriculture of a bu
reau, to be known ns the cotton bu
reau, charged specially and solely with
the duty of reporting upon the cotton
crop and all matters concerning the
staple. (2) The appointment as the
head of that bureau, at an adequate
salary, of a man whose reputation
and antecedents shalll be beyond re
proach, and whose familiarity with cot
ton cultivation shall be an additional
guarantee of his fitness. (II) An Or
ganization of the bureau so established
upon thoroughly scientific lines, as well,
insure no possible bias in favor of either
hnj'wr or seller, or producer or manu
facturer can be prc-supposcd or as
serted. (1) The passage of a law that
will be more specific in its scope, and
under which government employes can
be prosecuted for giving away or sell
ing valuable information as has been
done in the statistical bureau.
"We have no doubt of the zeal of the
officers of the department, but it seems
to be as misdirected in this crisis as it
was in the antecedent period. All the
powers and influnce of the department,
of the lawyers and of every man of the
government secerns to be devoted to
the attempt to dragnet a lot of irrespon
sible speculators. That there nave
been for years leaks in the department
is as well known to the trade as the ex
istence of the department of itself:
but these are insignificant as compared
with the fundamental mismanagement.
At this time, however, there is a man
ifest endeavor to divert attention from
the radical errors and deficiencies of
the department itself to the thieving
propensities of a few unworthy officials.
Let us not be mislead by any such mis
directed energy. Let us reform at the
top and not on the side. Let us root
out the offenders, cleanse the personnel,
change the methods and renovate the
department from root to branch. Then I
the cause of cotton and good govern- j
mcnt will alike be served In Roosevel
"President Southern Cotton Associatino.
"Richard Chbatiiam, Sec'y."
The Supreme Master of the Mysterious
An Unique am :nal Entertainment
Amazing Illusions and Hindoo Mysteries.
The Demons Transfiguration
THE MYSTIC LADDER
city opera house
I Aug. 28th, 29th, 30th. \
"Home? Surel Homo."
"Home, Sweet Homo," Payne's song,
wns orlgltuilly n number In Die opera
"Clarl, tho Mahl of Milan," u produc
tion brought out In 1823, 'Mio opera
wns a failure, and nothing Is now
known of It save the one song, which
became Instantly popular, over 100,
(.x.h) copies were sohl In the tlrst year
of Its publication, und (he sale in one
form or another has boon constant ever
since the first appearance of this beau
tiful theme. The melody is a Sicilian
folk song and wns adapted to tho
words by Pay no himself.
"I want to do something that will
draw out the conversational abilities
of my friends," said the hostess.
"That's very easy," answered Miss
Cayenne. "Give a musical."- Wash
\ IhtIi i <-m pi null Innoiiintn.
All one has to do In order to secure a
Rood night's rest Is to wear a night
cap. Wo are assured that the great se
cret Is to keep thi? head warm, and
then one may sloop like a top.- London
She?Is there any Insanity In the
Snobbs family) lie No. It's too bad
there Isn't. It would give them a legit
imate excuse for sonn? of their action-;.
- Detroit Free Tress.
l'ovror of Snlphnrlo Acid.
An Instance of the great dissolving
powers of sulphuric acid Is furnished
by nn accident which occurred in the
chemical factories at Mulbouse, Al
sace. An operntlve ?<ik blown up Into
the air and fell Into a trough tilled
about three feet deep with sulphuric
acid, the temperature of which wus
found to be 1)1 degrees ('. ten boors
after the accident. The death of tho
mau was only proved by the discovery
of his caoutchouc respirator, mur.zlo,
two porcelain buttons and other Insol
uble articles. Everything else had
chemically combined with the add.- -
Rvll of Familiarity
"A good friend," said Captain mil,
"Is the greatest blessing a man can
have. Hut men nre like canal boats In
lots of ways, and It doesn't pny for
either men or boats to get so close to
gether they tvenr one another's paint
It HiimcMiiir. Itnpprim.
Ills Wife?You're home at last! I
thought you'd never come. Mr. Out
late And absence Instead of making
the heart grow fonder has merely af
fected the temper. New York Press.
It Is l\etter to hold back a truth than
to speak It ungraciously.?De Sales.
Spoiled Her Beauty.
Harriet Howard, of W. 34th. St.,
New York, at one time had her beauty
spoiled with skin trouble. She writes:
''I had Salt Rheum or Eczema for
years, but nothing would cure it, until
I.used Bucklen's Arnica Salve." A
quick and sure healer for cuts, burns
and sores. 25 cents at Laurens Drug
Co. and Palmetto Drug Co. 48?4t
Signalizes its Semi-centennial year
by offering thorough training in
Mechanical and Electrical
in addition to the regulnr Classical and
Scientific courses. Positive Christian
nflucnccs. Modern equipment, health
ful location, remarkably moderate ex
JAMKS A. B. SCHERER, President,
Newberry, S. C.
Charleston & Western Carolina Railway.
(Schedule in effect April 10, 1905.)
7: 10 "
Ar Beau ford
Ar Port Royal
Lv Laurens 2:07 pm
Ar Spartanburg 3:30 '*
No. 52 No. 87
Daily Ex. Sudduy
Lv Laurens 2:09 pm 8:00am'
Ar Greenville 3:25 " 10:20"
Arrivals:?Train No. 1, Daily, from
Augusta and intermediate stations 1: 45
pm; No. 52, daily, from Greenville and in
termediate stations 1:35 pm; No.87,daily.
except Sunday, from Greenville and
intermediate stations (5: 40 pm; train No.
2, daily, from Spartanburg and interm
ediate stations 1: 30 p m.
C. H. Gasque, Agt.. Laurens. S. ('.
G. T. Bryan. Gen'l Agt. Greneville S.C.
Ernest Williams, Gen. Pass. Agt.,
T. M. Emerson, Traffic Manager.
C. N. A: L. Railroad Co.
Schedule in elTect November 21^, 1004
No. 52 No. 21
Pn monitor Mixed ox
11 10 a in
12 *> p m
1 22 i> in
1 12 p in
2 02 p in
2 22 i> in
? 10 )i in
I 15 |i in
IS i? in
7 or> i> in
S 15 ji in
S 46 u in
7 00 a in
7 30 a m
s 35 a in
10 30 a in
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Froifdil a .
1 00 a in
3 46 n in
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GOO a in
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5 20 p in
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7 05 p in
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