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VOLUME XXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1910. NUMBER 9
THE MONUMENT TO CONFEDERATE
SOLDIERS TO BE UNVEILED TODAY
Exercises Will Take Place This Morning, Beginning at
10:30?Patriotic Colors Adorn Many Buildings In
Honor of the Occasion.
The monument will be unveiled to
day. At last there lias been erected
a fitting memorial to the long list
of the "Hoys In Gray", who shared in
the bitter struggles oetween North
and South. It stands on the square
of our historic Laurcns. a proud tri
bute of all the people of Laurcns coun
ty. Given by them, (lie unveiling will
be witnessed today by . people from
every section of the county. Many of
the stores arc handsomely decorated
in honor of the occasion. At the foot
of the court house steps a speakers'
stand has been erected and ::? :!;.? be
decked with Confederate flags and
bunting. In front of this and around
the monument, temporary eeata have
been placed for those witnessing the]
Beginning this morning at nine
thirty, th" program for the day will
open with a complimentary ride for
the veterans. The ladies in Charge
have met With hearty co-operation in
Miis feature and a large number of
citizens have promised tin' carriages
buggies, and automobiles for the vet
erans to ride In. Following the ride
there will be a short parade in which
the Veterans, the Daughters of the
Confederacy and the school children
will take part. Promptly at 10
o'clock the Veterans and the Daughters
'ire to assemble at the opera house.
From here- they will march across
the north side of the square. At the
northwest corner of the square they
will be joined by the school children.
The parade will then continue around
the square-to the monument.
Immediately upon reaching the mon
ment the unveiling ceremonies will
begin. The program is as follows:
Opening prayer Rev. W. 13. Thayer.
Address of Welcome?lion. C. c. Fea
Presentation Speech?/.low M. F. Ansel
Plivciling?By thirteen little girls.
Song, DixSe?The Graded school.
Speech of Acceptance Hon. R. A.
Address?Ur. Loo Davis Lodge.
.Song. Bonnie Bluo Flag The Graded
The music for the occasion will ho
furnished by the Nowberry Band. The
Indies in charge have asked that win u
the band plays "America" everyone
present join in the singing.
The following little girls, thirteen
in number, representing the thirteen
Confederate States, will unveil the
monument?Misses Sarah Molt. Hnttlc
Sullvnn, Lucy Darling:on, Lucia Fea
therstone, Carrie Fleming. Beaufort
Copeland, Flora Bennett, Virginia
Simpson. Rebecca Clarko, Margaret
Dial, Alpha Holt. Louise Deildy, and
Emmie Lou WnshingCou.
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF
J. B. KERSHAW CHAPTER ?.D.C.
The J. lt. Kershnw chapter, United
Daughters of the Confederacy, was or
ganized in ?ctohor, |S9S, with twenty
luur charter members. Mrs. \v. E.
Lucas was chosen as president in rec
ognition of lu-r zeal in effecting the
formation of the chapter. Other pres
idents of the chapter since have bee i
Mrs. Sue Savage Farrow, Mrs. .1. A.
Copelnnd, Miss Beulnh Balle and Mrs.
Bobert B. Bell, the present presiding
officer who was chosen to this posi
tion four years ago.
The Chapter roll shows the follow
ing officers and members, for 1910:
Mrs. R. u. Hell, president; Mrs. M.
L. Copeland. Miss Maytne Ferguson,
vice presidents; Mrs /'.rooks Swygert,
Secretary; Miss Minnie Babb, treasur
er; Mrs. J S. Bennett, historian; Miss
Laura Barksdale, registrar; Mrs. II.
K. Alken, Miss Lola Anderson, Miss
Beulah Halle. Mrs. R. E. Babb, Mis.
Warren Bolt. Mrs. J. F. Holt. Mrs.
B. W. Mall, Mrs. Lucy N. Boyd, Mrs.
W. D. Ryrd, Mrs. .1. A. Copeland, Mrs.
R. B. Copeland. Mrs. C. M. Clark. Mrs.
.1. W. Clark, Mrs. T. 1). Darlington.
Mrs. S. K, Dendy, Mrs. W. 11. Dial.
Miss Lena Elliott, Mrs. Sue Savage
Farrow (honorary member for life)
Mrs. Allen Fleming, Mrs. W. I). Fer
guson, Mrs. .1. O. C. Fleming, Mrs. C.
C. Featherstone, Mrs. W. II. Gllker
I son. Miss Julia Gilkerson. Mrs. C. E.
Gray. Mrs. V. C. Ilellams. Mrs. W. E.
Lucas, Mrs. J. it. Little. Miss Bessie
Roland, Mrs. W. R. Richey. Sr., Mis.
W. II. UlChey, Jr,, .Mrs. J. <:. Sulli
van. Mrs. Arruli Sullivan, Mrs. J. H.
Sullivan. Mrs. T. v. Simpson, Miu.
Jennie Hellnms Sweeney, Mrs. it. !!.
Tabb1, Miss Hot tie Watts. Mrs. J. |j.
Dr. Lee Davis Lodge, president o(
Mntcstoinccollcgc, wlio (otlaj delivers
the chief address.
Watts. Mrs. JosoplibiC W;yts, Mrs.
w. II. Washington. Mrs. JqSSQ II.
Tengue, Miss El in Boil Copoland.
WHEN JOE LIOOJJ RESIGNED.
Tin* Unique llcporl of n Confederate
Conunlslonnrj of I.aureus Count)'.
(From Trot woods Magazine)
Townrds the dose of the war tin
patriots of thr South were called on
'o pay a tax in kind or a tenth of all
the land had yielded. This was one
way of feeding a famished army.
These were collected at and dispensed
from designated points in each county.
At a little railroad station in Lau
rens county, ('apt. Davis had detailed
a trusted friend, .Toe Llgon, to act its
receiving and disbursing otbeer. For.
mal orders from the proper authori
ties were required to secure the pro
visions hut always of a Kindly nature,
Joe Llgon could never refuse a ragged
hungry fellow soldier, order or no
order. These were passing daily. 80
his scanty hoard was soon gone.
As the time for rendering Iiis report
.of "store on hand" drew near, lie real
ized that by ever so Charitable a con
struction Iiis stewardship could not
fail to fall In the class "unprofitable"
po be took time by the forelock and
addressed the following unique official
communication (o his superior:
Marlins Depot, S. C. ? 1 8?5,
My dear Captain:
Pursuant to your Instructions I have
stayed by -the stuff here until the re
turning soldiers have cuehred nie out
of every damn thing in sight except
the hoards on the commissary.
I herewith hand you my resignation
in disgrace and disgust. By the time
this reaches you, your former coni
nV -snry Officer will be In full retreat
upon the peaoefnll village of Cross
mil, s. c, in good order?-afoot.
Always your obedient servant,
Jos. T. Llgon.
Capt. Davis lifts joined the majority,
but ids big-hearted subordinate Is still
a respected citizen of Greenwood, S. C.
Hugh k. Alken.
Laurens, s. c.
Splendid simw Scheduled for Ihe i Itj
Coburn's Ministrels. the famous en
tertainers, will give nperformnhce
the city opera lions.' Tuosday night,
October I. v
The Gift of Laurens County
This handsome ... mortal to the soldiers who participated in the War Ho
tweeji the States Is the gift of the people of Laurens county, To the mem
bers of John B .Kershaw Chapter, United Daughters of tho Confederacy
is due mainly tire i?nor of having Inaugurated and carried out the movement
towards !ts purchase nrul erection.
Three years ago, at n leunion ot* one of the companies from Laurons co in
ty, the idea of commemorating the deeds of the Southern soldiers was men
tioned. Mrs. R. B. Bell, president of Korshaw chapter was present and she
at (?nce accepted for the Daughters the task of raising the necessary Binds.
From then until now. through the energetic work and continual ciicourag
ment of Mrs. Hell and the loyal assistance of the Daughters, the fund has
slowly increased until tbe desired amount lias almost been subscribed.
The monument is thirty two feet high. Tbe lower section is built of Wlniis
boro granite of a light gray color. Crowning the monument is the llgure
of a Southern soldier, a private, standing erect and almost, in the attitude ol
"'parade rest." This figure is of delicately carved, white. Vermont ninrblt
and bears in its every curve the proud looks that the "Boys In Gray" lightl)
The soldier is facing the sou::), and on the main shaft below him is cni'VOt
the Confederate fing. The section underneath thi< bean the memorable dates
1801-1805, Below the dates Is this Inscription:
!n Memory of ' ?
Tho Boy< in Gray
Erected in 10
By the Citizens of
Under the Auspices <>t
J, !:. |<< rshnw Chapter
U, D. ''.
O.n the top stone of tho base, carved on the South and North sides, are th
I Words: "Our Heroes."
The No'th side of the monument beats this inscription:
"Oh Fame's Eternal Camping Ground,
Their Silent Tents are Spread,
Ami Glory Hoards, with Solemn Bound
The Bivouac, of The Dead."
"Who shall break the guards that wait
Before the awful face of fate?
Tbe tattered standards of the South
Were shriveled at the canons mouth
And all her hopes were desolate.
"Fold up :no banners: Smelt the guhs!
LbVe rule-:, rter gentler purpose runs,
The mighty Mother turns In tears
The' pages ot her b: tile years,
Lamenting all her fallen c-.ns'."
LAURENS COUNTY CONTRIBUTED FULL
QUOTA Of MEN TO THE CONFEDERACY
It is Estimated That During the Four Years Struggle
3,000 Men and Boys Responded to the Sooth's
Call---The Monuments They Builded.
BY JUDGE O. G. THOMPSON
When ihe climax of ihe long drawn,
out quarrel hetween the two great sec
tions cnino in ISCI, n time when there
seemed no longer lioiie of n peaceful
settlement of questr-jus arising rrom
il e flagrant breach of their obligations
under tin- Constitution on the |?nrl of
the Northern State?, South Carolina,
acting under the ostubliKhed print l|?le,
that nations, a i well iih Individuals,
may fI rtko llrst in anticiiialion of a
blow, and Invokijig the doctrine that
"he is hot iiee.eKMirlly I?, ? urgr or
in war who !? -1 us h R>r< \ but ho
t. ' sl and f. '\u< J l'*or.t is.uinter in
April ISO I. Hi ? voiunti i rs Coat had
riedly sduintpnod to rentio/.vons til Co.
lumhia and Charl ston, l.'nder ililn
call the following companies bad or
ganized, and w. re partially drilled:
' "The State (luards", Capl. I). <'. tlarl
Ington; "Tho r.uurom* Rrinrs", Ciipt.
R. 1'. Todd; "The Musgrovo Cuards,"
('aid. II. s. Jones; "Tho Wadsworth
Guards." Capl. Tandy Walker;
"Company Rabun," Capt. Mat .loin s.
Those live companies, encli num
bering over one bundled men. together
with independents, ami Laurens
hoys in commands from other districts
made up an aggregalo of about sis
hundred of the very flower of tin
youth of old Lauren.-; district, that
hurried to the front at the first call
' for troops to ;e> ist Northern invasion.
The llrst four of tb< so < onipanles, with
four from No wherry and two from
Spartanburg made ap the tfrd Regi
ment of Kershaw's llrignde. MeLaw's
Division. Longstreet's 1st Corps, Army
of Northern Virginia.
t in. Marlin I'. Ansel of SotifIi Care.
Ii mi \vlui delivers (Sie pr< ;entiili(in ad*
Capt, Win. I.. Wood, volunteered and
were a part tint ! itli S. C. Regiment.,
Oregg'a iMcGowun) I) r igt? de, A. I'.
Ilijl'S Divli loll, "StOlli ?.all ' .lac!;. Oil's
About iin. ? Company "A".
Capt. Horn ill us L. Mowden, of the
13th Regiment, Oiegg'si Urliuule, was
s'till !;;???!'. about I > ' einher 'C!. the
flye companies that with two others,
one from Palriield and olio from Rich
land, made up the 3rd South Carolina
Haltallon, Col. tlcorgo s. .lames, Were
nrgnnlzed Company " \" Capl W fj
Rice; Company "H", Capt. J, '!. Wil
liams; Company "C", (.'apt, .1. .1. Shu
mate: Company ?"I)'", Cl hi. 0. M. (JUU
mls, Company "K". Capt. M. M. liUlt
tor. These aggregated thirteen full
Inf utry comnanlea. Resides, wo had
Legion, Mcbcth Ar:..
Artillery a round Charlo
ferent eavalr> companii
Ilvnn, Oth Regiment South Carollnn
Cavalry; Complin) "li", Cnpt. .latins
Williams Tili Regiment, South Carolina
Cavalry; Company "W", <'.-!;>t. .1. Wash
WilltaniH Tili Regiment South Carolina
Cavalry; Company "It", (apt. Xesbitt.
1st South Carolina Cavalry; part of
Company "li"," ("apt. Hi an, 2nd South
Data ni hand gives Heven toon com
panies, which. Judging front thO rolls
of some companies mas: have had,
IIrat and last, an uveri go of 110 t<> 150
men, aggregating nearly, or qitltw, '? ?
500 men. Adding those, enlisted In
other commands, together with leVleH
under ??alls from the "('radio to tho!
Grave." li) the last days oi the Confed
eracy, and we will have it grand total
of more than 15,000 men und hoys that
woill from I aureus. And ?t Is est.
mated that of this numb* v nbo.nl - i ?
survive, h ss than Ion per ?< m.
With a voting population of 00,000
In ist'.o, south Carolina gave 03.000
for the struggle. Of thin number it
is estimated thai more than 25,000
went down in battle, died In tho hos
pital, or perished in Northern prisons.
I South Carolina furnished her full
contingent of the 000,000 Confederates,
.that for four long years on all th.^
] great Holds of the Carolinas. Virginia,
Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Mary
land and I'ensylvania met the embat
tled hosts of the North, nearly 3,000,
j000 of men. inflicting upon them such
humiliating defeal ns to excite tho
I wonder and admiration oi mankind.
I Amongst Carolina's te< mil thousands
that went to battle rlgli nobly did
i the sons of old Lauren cdeem tholi'
I pledges. No county in the State gavo
i greater per centag? of In ' populn-?
j tion. Some dlsl licit liiivinj n gronlt r
'population, as Charleston, Spartan
burg. Greenvilie, Abbeville ami Ander
son furnished more mm. TIlOSO boys,
went forth to battle vv| h the parting
hem dii t ion ol '::' it mot in Grand
sell'-sacrlllolllfj unmet ol ? i? South
land! Tliey v.? i e i..vomcn who
bade husbands, sons, brothers and
sweethearts, <i?? ri tin soldier garb iu
"'0i", and go forth to l: b foi the
right of the i-'oqih, the women vvi:n
nursed in hospital and on (lie Meld,
stood by the couch of the sick and dy
ing and whispered words ol comfort;
the women who wove and pun and
hull during the long and I ylng days
and darkened nights (hat the pooi
.-oldier boys might not i tffer loo
much; the women who brushed nwi ?
the tears from the dimmed eyes when
the sword was sheathed and went to
work bravely to olotlu ; rid teed tho
w idow and the orphan and iliu back
health and strength t<i I ho returning
soldier. Of her it may be said Slio
bore without care ihe trials and hor
rors of war placed i,n ['no altar 01
her country's freedom, its acrlllci ol
111 r be. ; I? !o'. ed, lliid ? i ear.-;' illy
trained her dnttglitcrs, that II no oth
er inheritance en In ? > em, Ihe.v
w<-re oni Icbed, indeed | herltagi
Of i heir mot her.,' livi s, A ml )!;<
daiiglitors have veiifi' i t,.';e mother'!
who fought for a cans . . mot do
feat, at Appomattox I ut ?> ' |ch
"Tho vvo.t Id : hall yet di
in truib's denr, far-oil i t
'I'hat tin- soldiers who o o ? ho Gra;
With Lee, worn in tin .1 j;.!'
At the close of the wai iho Coli fed
crate soldier had "lost till ?: VC llOHOI
and there was much honor, Vet tin-,
have stood shoulder to shoulder sine
tho war with little but thcli wants, in
flrmilies and seai.- to reward them;
they have felt the "cold hand of pov
erty without a murmur; : nd have
the Insolence of weal.I: Without
I Speaking through Its regularly eoti
stitutod authorities, the South sail i
tla- beginning: "in in .- i : nee v.
took no conquests, no agrand|someil
no cession df arty kiiid t o:n 51 >? Slat"
with Vilich we have In .. II -n con