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OYAL DAUGHTERS ATTAIN OBJECT
IN RAISING SHAFT TO SOWS HEROES
After Three Years Sufficient Fund For a Monumenment
at Clinton was Raised by Stephen D. Lee Chapter,
U. D. C. How the campaign was conducted.
Clinton, January 17.?The erection
of a Confederate monument on the
public square of Clinton was the first
and dearest aim of thy ladles of Clin
ton, who organized the Stepheu D.
I.rf;e chapter, U. D. C.
The first observance of memorial
Day ever held in this town was Under
the auspices of this chapter May 11,
1907; and it was a red-letter day in
the history of the town. On that day,
unsolicited, three gentlemen turned
civer to the president of the chapter
the nest o^gs of the monument fund.
Mr. Watts W. Davis was the first, and
his dollar heads a long list of con
tributions. The second contributor
was Mr. R. Z, Wright, and Dr. .1. W.
Davis was third. After that the fund
view fast. The ladles of the chap
ter organized plans for a series of
hose efforts to minister to the inner
man by which women everywhere
raise their gifts to public undertak
ings. They also assessed themselves
a dollar a year, until the monument
should be paid for, in addition to reg
In Dee. i!io7 the chapter reported,
in Ps first report to the general con
vention, $100.26 on the monument
fund. After the first year the fund
grew more slowly, hut by the beRin
ning of 1010 the members saw the
end clear before them and resolved
to order the monument.
Agents from a number of companies
come before them and submitted de
signs. The ladies finally nettled on
the Walling Granite Company of Hion.
S. C, partly because they preferred
South Carolina stone, but chiefly at
the request of Mr. J. C. Smith, a mar
ble dealer of this town, who purchases
from the Walling Company. Mr.
Smith offered to forego his commis
sion and staked his reputation on the
satisfactory filling of the order if It
were awarded to his company Mr.
Smith is a member of It. S. Ow >uh
Camp of veterans and the ladies wel
comed his cooperation.
The order for the monument was
given in August. 1010. It was hoped
that the unveiling exercises and pre
sentation lo the town could be held
Thanksgiving Day, hut the contractors
found It impossible to get It ready.
Then Secession Day, Dec. 20th, was
considered. Hut the ceremonies were
not arranged, for fear the work would
not be completed in time. And it was
on Dec. 21st, 1010 at noon that the
monument was formally delivered Into
the possession of the Stephen D. Lee
The committee to whom the secur
ing of designs and the purchase were
entrusted consisted of the following:
Mrs. P. McD. Kennedy, chairman.
Mrs. J, 1. Copeland, Mrs. W. 13, Fair,
Mrs. B. L. King, Mrs. R. L. Wright.
Miss Maude Pearson. These ladies,
together with the president of Steph
en 1). Dee chapter, Mrs. W. B. Owens,
and Mrs. A. E3. Spencer, treasurer, In.
spected the work and expressed their
satisfaction and pride 111 it. The
formal acceptance papers wore signed
and the first payment was made by the
treasurer. $1.000 in (ash and notes for
Description of Monument?
The monument is made of WillllB
boro granite. Rising from a nine loot
base a square shaft rises twenty-nine
feet in the air and upholds in a
crown of laurel a cannon ball. Can
non balls rest on the four corners of
The carving of the raised designs
and lettering is extremely nrtlstic,
the work of an expert. The monument
Is placed in the square between 5Jain,
Broad, and Musgrove streets and the
railroad. The side facing Broad
street bears the inscription: "Our
Confederate Heroes," and, lower down.
"Lost we Forget.'' Above the inscrip
tion is a beautifully carved laurel
wreath enclosing the letters, ('. S. A. I
Higher up, on the shall, is a Confed
erate Hag. The opposite side, lacing
MUSgrOVO* Street, hears a similar Hop
and below it the Inscription, "Fleet
ed by Stephen D. Lee chapter. I!H0."
CLINTON AT THE CLOSE
OF THE WAR AND NOW
The Clinton of today would not
have been dreamed of at the close of
<ii<- war tiip town was not oven a
full-fledged village thou and had no
reputation. Now it hears a reputation
among the towns of South Carolina
which is a credit to Laurons county.
In population It has grown from
about L'OO inhabitants to ?.0O0 or more,
if estimates are to be trusted.
This population in the early days
was made Up of a few families drawn
to this point by the building of the
Richmond and Danville railroad. Now
there are two mill villages, Thornwell
Orphanage, and the Presbyterian col
lege, in addition to the regular popu
Nearly forty Arms transact nier
oHatnlle business here. There are.
Ihree banks, each prosperous and sol
id, Bailey's Dank, M. s. Hniiey. pres
ident; the First National Hank, of
Ol in ton, capitalized at $r>o,000, J. fl.
Cralg, president; the commercial
Rank of Clinton, capital $35,000, J. D.
The City Building and Loan Asso
ciation, secretary I*. 1!. Hoyd. end
the Mutual Building and Ix>an asso
ciation, secretary J. D. Hell, have been
helpful factors in the upbuilding of
There are two wholesale grocery
companies, the Dixie Flour and Grain
Company and the Milling (Jrocery com
Tue Clinton Oil nnd Mnnufac'urlng
Company, president. Dr. II. L Todd. is
a big enterprise.
A big fertilizer plant is now build
ing nderU the same mam ...erneut.
Among the manufacturering estab
lishments are: The Clinton Ice nnd
Fish company; the Clinton Carriage
and Garage Works, i. F Milnm owner;
Ihe I). B. Tribble Lumber company;
A. B. Blakely's shops; Benjamin and
There arc publlahed In the (own
two weekly newspapers, the Gazette,
w. J. Dondy. editor and the Chronicle,
W W. Harris, editor, and three mag
W. P. Jacobs editor, and
azin?s, the Thornwcll Messenger, edi
ted by the Rev, w. P. Jacobs and the
Rev. J. B. Branch; Our Monthly, edited
by the Rev. Dr. Jacobs; the Gospel
Forum, edited by Ihe Rev. C, Lewis
Fowler, Besides these I Jacobs Is
sues bi-monthly a publication called
Orphan Work and the First Presby
terian church publishes overy Sunday
morning a leaflet, the Weekly church
There are four religious denomina
tion in the town all occupying build
ings creditable to their meant' and
I A RARF; DISTINCTION
One little girl who will take part
in the unveiling ceremonies tomor
row has the distinction to he the
great-granddaughter of the first man
who signed the Ordinance of Secession.
She Is Miss Jean Wright, daughter
of Mrs. George Wright, who is a
daughter of Mrs. Oeorge White of Ab
beville, who Is a daughter of the late
Col. T. C. Perrlll. Col. Perrin, in bo
half of Abbeville county, was the first
man to affix his signature lc the Or-1
[dinance of Secession.
CLINTON MEN ?S OFFICERS IN
CONFEDERATE WAR COMPANIES
< apt. Liiiitrsloii,
Captain D. Ii M. l^ingston >\a- horn
on the lOnoree side of Laurons county
near Lnilgston's eiiureh in November,
is:: i. He removed to Clinton In lv, i
and ? ugngod in ijie nicrchuntlle husl
ni'ss with eCJorge r Copolnml under
the llrrn inline of Copelnnd Langston
This business lie carried on suec ss
fully unlil the beginning Of th< war
when he volunteered his services to
his State. In ISM he assisted in or
ganizing Company i. Brd s. c. volun
teers and was elected 1m. Ik-Uti until
of his company. He served ) nthls
Capacity until the company was re
organized in ISC2, when he was elect
ed captain. At the battle of H:iwn;.''s
Station in June 1862 he was wounded
three time and there was little hope
of his recovery. However he was
broght home and receiving careful
attention, sufficiently recovered to join
his command in January 18(5!). W ith
his former wounds scarcely healed. Io
was killed at Gettysburg in July ISfin
while in command of his regiment, he
being tin- ranking captain mid his
superior officers disabled,
Capt. Langston participated in all
the engagements of his company ex
cept those from June 'C2 to January
T?M whep he was at Ik Pie wounded !!?
was conspicuous for his gallantry.
Ho was a man of charming person
ality and splendid business ipialilica
Hons and possessed a host of friends.
He was si descendant of the celebrated
Dicey L?ngsten of Revolutionary
fame and his family contributed a
number Of heroes to the Confederate
cause. One son. Mr. Vancey LnngSton
Of Seneca. South Carolina survives
( apt. William .1. I.cake.
Capt. l^-ake entered the service April
1801 as 1st lieutenant. Co. I?. 1st Cav
alry. Hampton's Brigade. W hen Capt,
N'lles Nesblt was killed he Wni ninde
Cnptulii -tinl ?cmmnndcd the compnuy
until the (lose of the war. surrender
ing at Greensboro. N. C. April I. I s65.
He is I ?. i) in the Clin' >?. ? ??> i V.
Cnptnln Raid. s. One us.
Capt. Owens was born July I. I82C
near Sardis church. Jacks township,
Laurens county. S. C,
Mo colored tho Confederate service
In April 1801 and wus elected captain
ol' Cd. I".. Ulli S. ('. Regiment.
Aftor llulo more than o year of ser
vlce lie was wounded fighting near
Richmond, in the battle of Cain s mill j
Juno HO, ISG2, und died of Iiis wounds
inly 11tii. 1802. Mia remains wore
Intorrcd in tin- Clinton Presbyterian
('apt, .liimcs ll. I) an In p.
Whi n Cnpl. It. s Owens was killed
1st Llouieuanl Jam09 ll. Dunlap was
promoted to tin' command of Co i\,
1111i Regiment ami in the words of ono
of his men, "a hraver and more sallani
soldier never led hI? men to hattlo."
Mo was killed in battle In 1802.
(apt. II, Si if ones*
Capl it. s. Jones way born near
Clinton .luno |S2't. Hi- enlisted
in the Con federate; service April M.
ISGI and was elected captain of Co,
I. 3rd Regiment, llrsl known as tlio
"Aluagrovo Guards", in 1802 he <-ii
tcrcd tho State sotial ? v here he m rvecl
his country until the close of the war.
II?' died Sppl in. IS72.
COMPANY I". UlhJRRQIMENT t
Dr. \V. A. Shands says that ho is
B?ro that a larger number of Clinton
men wore in this company than In
any other one in tho Confederate
tinny, and it is said to have been one
of the finest-looking and most gal
lant companies, of tlte one hundred
and thirty men who composed it over
sixtv wore six feel or more in height.
When tin* wir closed sixteen men
wore loft of the gallant hand. Lieut.
\V. A. Shands the only officer, Bttr?
rouderod the company at Appomattox.
n pnthotlc Incident in tho history
of tills Company was 'In- death of T.
RtttledgO Own ;, brother to tho cap
tain. Although ' -it fourteen yeari) of
ago he en?Hted in iii'- beginning of
th<> war and aftor more than two
yours of tjorvico was "Mot down at
Gettysburg with tho coloi of lite Nth
regiment In his hand.
CLINTON CONFEDERATE MONUMENT
WILL BE UNVEILED ON THURSDAY
Anniversary of Robt. E. Lee's Birthday Chosen Aecause
of Its Association and Appropriation. Exercises Be
gin at Ten O'clock. Address by Gen. Bonham.
Clinton, January 17.?A monument
to tlio heroes of the Southern Con
federacy will be unveiled with ap
propriate exorcises in Clinton to mor
row. The nineteenth of January has
long been a day of special interest in
tlds town. Hoheit K. Lee's birthday
i has been regularly observed lor a
number of years, and the organization 1
of Stephen I), Lee chapter C. i>. C.
I grew (Mit of th.' Ilrsl of these celebra
tions. This year Lee's birthday has
been chosen for the associations it
bears as the occasion of this memora
ble t I'uusnction.
The exercises will be held ill Cope
land's Hall and around the monument,
beginning at I? o'clock, Seats will
be prodded on the platform and front
seats for all attending veterans and
it is earnestly hoped by the ladies that
the old soldiers will attend in force
and strengthen the young people pres
ent in a realization of what the war
meant and what the monument stands
Invitations base been sent to vet
eratts and daughters in l.aureus and
Cross Hill to attend the exercises.
The order of the program of exer
cises is as follows:
Music A Southern Medley
Prayer the Rev, Harrison Fowler.
Song - Sing me a Song of the Sunny
Address den. M. L. Bonham of An
March led by Veterans to monument.
Unveiling by .'i children of the Con
Speech of Presentation the Rev. \V,
Speech of Acceptance?-the Rev .1. hJ.
llcnedlclloi! the Rev. Harrison Fow
Mr. \. 15. Spencer will he master of
ceremonies and Dr. \V A. Shaudu,
mui'8hall of the day. The music will be
furnished by the Presbyterian Colli !;??
Glee club und Orchestra. Dr. Jacobs
was Hclcetcd by Ihc Indie* to iireseui
the mon u men I to (he town, tin account
of Iiis connection with the Confodor
iicy, and more especially, on ueootinl
I Of the part he has borne in the up
building of Clinton.
.Ma jor McMillan soloi led the Ro\.
J. 15, Mtihaffey to make the speech
of acceptance in behalf of the (own
on account of Mr Mahstfl'eyS great
oii'.husiasiii for the monument move
ment from the tlrsi and his popularity
as a speaker on Southern history mi
The children who take part in the
umclllug and decorating cf Ihn mon
ument will he: Misses lean Wl'ighl,
Umily P' il'ips. \nnotto Todd. Martha
Young Mar: Owens, Katherlne lllnkc
|y, Louise Pitts. Agatha Pulley, Sibyl
Runlet to, Mary Kuth Copelond, Nan
Copeltind, Lillian Harrow; John
ami William Neville. It. V. Wright. Wil
liam King, Kd Owens. Lowry BltlV
dctle, Lcead IJlakely, James Pitts,
Pres Adalr, Lewis Pulley, Lewis Har
row, Hubert Floyd.
After (ho exercises lunch will be
served all the veteran* in Copeland's
FORTY-FOUR HEROES SLEEP
UNDER THE SOD IN CLINTON
Forty four Confodonito veterans
sleep their hist kI????!? in Clinton soil
und nhuvc each, placed them bj loving
and r< \> ran i hands, is (lie Southern
Cross, livory spring their graves bloom
v.itii Mowers and grow green with
Their old conn?:;id< s. fewer ami fee
bler with cacli succeeding year, look
on the narrow houses; and their mem
ories to bn< k to the fields of Virginin,
the coast stretches of Carolina, ihe
glooms of prison walls; and these
co ??ra.ie. live fer ihct.'i rigu'ii, l-Jnch,
year their thill line K thinner, the
green lUOlllltls are more ai d (IH thoy
look each wonders whleh of i. com
rades will He under the llowors and!
wreathes and lings next year.
Imaginative youths find wondering
children pass in proco* iooi among
the graves, pausing to i ad an in
scrlptloil, to admire a Moral de ign
or perhaps to hear words ol (chdor
ronilnlsccncu and love. \nrl some
how, they know not how, (In oleinnitj
th.e sweetness, the glory 61 the occa
'ion. suturntcs thoin The neu who
hied and suffered and died for the
froodom of their countn an- envel
oped in a halo of glory.
Not while time lists will Southern
people forgot the glory Ol deny lie'
justice of the Lost Cause and its
heroes It- history ami its sentiment,
are infused into the air tiny In 'tithe
And hoveling here and there K?ntle
women bedew with tears those mounds
which they have (aught their children
to deck with garlands. They loo go
hack, far back, in memory when they
visit this bivouac of the dead. Some
enn recall the tragedies of "news from
the front." all have heard pathetic
stories of tllOHO who never canu hack,
of (hose who were brought hack in
life's prime In sleep lilllotig till ii fath
ers, of those who brought bnck hal
tered, suffering bodies to handicap
thein through life in the terrible strug
gle for existence. Hut. composed, re
signed to what must bo, the daughters
of the women who belted on swords
ami sewed war flags, und Inter ha fp.d
up wounds, and .pun and WOVO lind |
knit and sang "the I Ionic, pun l.lross"
uiili high eotirats.fi, .ir?.d Into ovor>
wound healing halm Krom defeat
llioir damit Iohh iiii;;- hatched vi<
lory. Wore over women in history
of Iii.- world proud* i Ol : nd t*ml- i ? r Ii?
tholr heroes? Wlo :i i ? Ii conquerors
would brand us traitor* ihrse martyrs
to a fallen cause. Snotju women
caiiopi'/.od them. To Iii? ? omen 01 iin
Smith is duo Iii?* looliiil thai m? in
scriptloh on a inan'i loinh rotloots
more glory on him than "lie was a
('Iintfin's honored ConfederM'i dead
("apt. I!. :;. Ow !^
Capt. it s. Jone
('apt, W. .1. Loako
Heut, x. s. Hani
Li-mil \V. A. Kose
LietlI .las. M. U ii.:.
Sorg't. s. K. v'ain
Sorg'l l. T. Cnpoland
Korgt. W. I*.. Moll
Serg't. I). L. Ant ley
Dr. .1. Hoo/,er
i! I'.. mnkoly
i; ii. Houvn
i: i; Harr
Dr. ! T. ("air
Joint A. Ferguson
L C, Karr
X A (Ircon
It s CSi'llTiii
Dr. T. V. Harris
i>. M, Utile
.1. T, McKolvay
i v M. Morgan
K. \v. Mllner.
H, S. Prather
John a IUI ft
I! \ S Young
\V. T, Vance
w. s Pi rsou
.1. I' Dillard
.!. w. Ail?i.
t; o w. Moore
p. m. hldtock