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A Wild Ride on the Saltkahatchie.
By Col. D). A. lickert.) The arny of Gen. Si erman had been hugginlig the coast c f South Ca.ro lna ever since he en ered the State. It was not known po titively in which direction he would m ve next. wheth .r on to Charleston, Columbia, or back north on Augu ta, to intercept speed to the relief o General Hardee, commanding in this State. The great e.r part of the latt/er's army lay around Charles'.,' aid its approaches, but a divisior co.. posed of Sta.o troops, Georgit malitia, and some vet erans. part of Wjieh was Kershaw's South Carolina. Briaade, just from r::inia. wriz e'camped along the .e adern side of the Saltkahatchie, near the Charleston and Savannah Railroad under t he command of Maj. Gen. McLaws. -Some cavalry, under Col. Colcock, N%ere on the western side of the river, some five or six miles above. The scouts had ordgrs, for a week or more, to wat,h very closely the ar my of Sherman, and to report at on ce the first move. We had been passing over the river in a little skiff kept by the pickets. and only rteurning when we wished to turn over prisoners or stock or to replenish our haversacks. The morn ing that Sherman commenced his ad vance, we had passed over the river at daylight, the stream at that time being on a great boom, and in places half mile wide, the overflow being stationary, and the main current mov ing along in a slow, steady flow, the water clear and icy cold. The over flow. or back water, was frozen over with a thin skim of ice. In the la goons, or drains it was from three to ten feet in depth. The whole low er part of the swamp being under water. we could not tell what- mo ment we would plunge into these Ia goons. I had with me on this trip Tom Paysinger. Jess Seigman, of this countv. George Hibler, Frank Shand, and Ab. Farrow. now living at Cross Anchor. a substantial and much re spected citizen of Union. There were two other men, whose names I will not IatiJn. on account of the fact that they afterwards proved them selves to be too blood-thirsty, and too indifferent to the ethics we had es tablished among ourselves. so that their names should -not be mention ed in connection with honest men. There was a boy, too, with us, Red Richardson, a lad about fifteen years old, who, some days before, had vol unteered to scout with -us. We wish ed some one who had been raised on the western side, of the river, or who knew the country. the people a.nd the roads. In those vast tangled swamps ~and among those deserted houses it was very necessary to have some one :familiar~ with the country. He ap plied to the General, as one who knew tihe west side of the river, for per mision to accompany us as a guide. He was a fine, manly, intellhgent vouth and not only became our guide for the time. but one of the most daring, reckless riders, who ever rode on the flanks or in the wake of Sher man's army. The morning of which I speak, we founded through the ice and water, through the great swainp, in the di rection of the main thoroughfare leading towards Columbia. We reach ed a wooded knoll with a corn field on the left. From this point we dis covered that the army was in motion, and dispatched one of the men back with~ that information. This turned out, as I learned a day or i,wo ago from a letter to have been Ab. T. Farrow, of Cross Anchor. of which I will have more to say further on. To make sure that it was no dem onstration in force, or a foraging party, I had the men to conceal them selvs in the undergrowth, while I made my w-ay up to the rear of a farm house, standing near the main road. I had instructed the men to remain here until my return unless they heard my gun fire, in which ev ent every man was to take care of himself. We heard a great commo tion in the road. the rumbling of what we took to be artillery, the cracking of whips, and the calls of the tearsters. I made my way gp to a little lane, a low rambling fence on either side, leading up to the house. about fifty yards distant, and from there I discovered an age.d neg ress in the yard. I beckoned her tc come to me, but she proved to be an old decrepid being, and could tell mE nothing but "all is gone but me and the living Jesus.'' Just then I heard thoof beats behind me. From th< mouth of the lane ran two roads, one to the right in the direction of omi m~n, the other to the left, down tc the swamp. Just where these roads interceded stood a large pine and be hind that I sprang to await the com. ing of my enemy. If there was onl3 one I could take him-. if a crowd bluff them and escape in the swamp -ivin my men time to get away. was armed with a Sharps carbine. breach loader, but used the old f'ash onied army percussion cap. a Ath.sound of hoofs drew near ie a..ri. staNvart Yi kee. on an equally Sat hwart mule. riding leis urely up to me. When he was about ten feet away, I stepped out, cocked my rIfle. and raising it to my shoulder demanded him to surrender. But im aine my feeling. for when I cocked the rifle, the cap stuck a moment to Tile illmmner. and I heard it drop and role away. Now I was before my ene my. eve to eve, with a larmless weap o011 O my hand. I had no time for recapping or drawing my pistol, for I dared not take i%eve from his, and time meant life or death to me. At the first sight of me and the rifle in his face he --appeared thunderstruck, and began to look around in an amaz ed kind of way, and I bega to think he meant fight. I told him 'he was suTrrounded. and to dismount at once, or he would be riddled with bullets. I ordered him to pull off his pistol ;belt. in which were two large Colts. walk off ten steps and holp up his hands, keeping his back to me. There was no delay by me in buckling the pistol around me and seating myself in the saddle. I felt happy with something loaded again in my hand. We went forward at a good pace, and fell to talking, and I guyed him great ly for being taken with a harmless gun. When I showed him there was no cap on the corbine, he only said: "I'll be d-! If you hadn't kept your eye so straight on me, I would have given you a fight for your men ,ev.' "Yes,'' I told him, "you would have won easily.'' I hav'e wondered often what would have been the outcome of the matter had the Yanke acted like the Texan. wh-n 1eld ip by a road agent, a pis .ol at his breast. with the request, your money or your life.'' tle Tex :l eved him for a moment. and then coolv remarked. "what. Mr.. if thlat pistols snaps?'' Now. where would I have been. if the big Yankee had said. "What if that gun snaps?'' The men hearing this big talking and getting a. glimpse through the bushes of me on a horse and the Yankee, took a panic and ran from cover. We could see them runnin 1roua-h the corn field and the Yankee wo. tickled to death at our' misunder standing. We soon got together. however. The Yankee told us the army had broken mnp for god He and a lot of 50old Iiers were scouting through the swamp to prevent ambush. We sent Jess Seigman with the mule and prisoner back to verify t'he reort sent by Farrow. Now, this lat ter had an adventure -of his own, which I give you in 'his own words taken from his letter: 'iWhen I was sent back I ran up on a great big negro soldier riding a fine horse. I made out I was a drunk Yankee soldier, and asked.him to lend me his horse to go back after a sick comrade, which he did. I ask ed him did he have any mon.ey, and he said, 'Yes, boss, I got plenty of dat trash,' so he pulled out 'his wal let and gave me a wad. I mounted hi horse and felt as big as Gen. Lee when I rode ,away, telling the negro to sav behind a tree 'till I returned. anid for all I know he is there vet.'' No aqubt that negro or his spook is behind that tree to this day. But I think Ab. has forgotten exactly how :he thing happened. Now here is the way ane of our boys would have thought the thing came about. When Ab. ran up on the negro. "Hello, you a'~- black rascal. get down off that horse. Got any moneyd? Out with it quie-k you black - -- Then "whack'' the negro is left and Ab rides away. That would seemed more in accord ance with "the men and the times." Still we have no right to doubt Mr. Frrow 's word, after th.e lapse of nearly half .a century. We went about a mile above the farm house, to where we could get nearer the main Columbia road. the road there being lined on either side with great forest trees. and under .rrowth. Here we lay during most of th. day, withl out wet. icy clothes, awaiting~ the passage of the army hoping to pick up a few straggler and 'horses near night. We crept close Ito the road. and just after a batter.> of artillery had passed, a well-dressed young soldier came along, going ir the opposite direction. We hiailet him. but tihe moment he saw us -hE ran with all his speed down the sand. road. Tom Paysinger. tile fleetes 'nan in calmp. took righlt after him and brought him back. We dared noi make an alarm, and we did not cart to h've a dead Yankee on our hand: just then. But why the simpletoi didn 't quit the road and take to th< swamp, he could not even tell him We had hardly gotten him out o: th road before we heard, a rattlinm of hains and the sound oif g'allopin;~ . Then up) rides a big serg'ant * ii minelH(. wVith gears on. with anl old faThioned split bottom chlair tiedl ni behind. As our boys would say. " too him in out of the wet,'' and e in d !lllne. tW\V1 nlore foo' 'nen1 valked in the net. To Be Continued.) NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT N'Qice i- lierebv given tdhat the un dersign.1ed will lmake final - ettle mnent as Adiinistrator f the pirson al estate of John R. Atehin;on. de eeased, in the probate eourt of New berry county. 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