July 4, 1894
Tribute of Respect
Starr, S. C., June 23d., 1894
Mr. Editor: Please
allow us space in your paper to express our respect, sympathy and thanks in the
We, the members of the Anderson Rifles, do sympathize with
the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Seigler, in the loss of their son, Mr.
J. C. Seigler, who was drowned in Savannah river last Saturday evening, in the
shoals near Pine Island. He had gone to
the river with L. A. Todd, W. R. and J. McGee, S. A. Jones, Jr., and two Negro
boys to seine. They did not seine long
before they concluded to swim down the boat sluice. So the two McGee boys and Jesse started down
the river. The McGee boys succeeded in
getting out on some rocks before entering a very strong sluice running between
some large rocks which Jesse failed to do and there he breathed out the breath
of his life which to him was the falling asleep in the arms of Jesus.
Every exertion was used that evening and up to 11 o’clock
Sunday morning before they found him; and immediately after he was raised from
his watery grave he was carried to his father’s home near Starr. On Monday morning at 11 o’clock he was
carried from his parental roof, followed by a large concourse of friends and
relatives , to the church at Starr where his funeral was preached by his
pastor, Rev. W. M. Pinson, who preached a good sermon and also sounded the
trumpet of warning in the ears of the ungodly.
Jesse was a member of our company and in his death we have
lost a good soldier boy, but he being also a soldier of the cross our loss is
his eternal gain.
Jesse will be missed by his church, Sabbath School and
prayer meeting which he was punctual to attend.
We have no language to express our thanks to the many who so
untiringly aided in searching the water, and providing food for the
hungry. Not only do we thank those of
our own State but would remember the Georgians who worked so faithful to the
end, and also the colored people who helped.
We do not know all the names of those who aided up, but we do hope that
they are known or will be known by our Heavenly Father as His children dead
unto sin and alive unto righteousness.
And now, whereas, it has seemed best to Him who doeth all
things well to remove in the above mentioned manner our fellow soldier boy, and
Whereas, God makes no mistake in the dispensation of His
providence, therefore, be it
That we bow in humble submission to his will,
Resolved, 2nd, That we deeply feel the loss thus
sustained by our company and community.
Resolved, 3rd, That a page of our book be
dedicated to his memory,
Resolved, 4th, That a copy of these resolutions
be published in each of our county papers, and that we ask the Hartwell papers
to copy, also that a copy be sent to the immediate family.
Adopted by the company,
J. T. C. Jones
Captain in command