July 4, 1861
Our Charleston Correspondence
Celebration of Twenty-Eighth June—Battle of Fort Moultrie—Mr. Carroll’s Oration—The Spanish Consul and
the Blockading Fleet—Departure of a portion of the Hampton Legion—The Spy
Hurlbut—Hardee’s Tactics—Col. McCrea’s Rangers—Manufacture of Matches and
Artesian Soap—North Carolina
Zinc and Coal—Privateering Vessels—Cotton, Provisions and Grocery Markets—Bank
Charleston, June 21, 1861
Yesterday (the 28th)
was celebrated with considerable spirit by the Moultrie Guards, Palmetto
Guards, and others of our patriotic military organizations. The members of these companies spent the
forenoon at Mount Pleasant
Village, opposite the
city, where they practiced at target firing and returned to the city in the
evening to hear the annual oration at Institate Hall, by B. R. Carroll, Esq.,
an honorary member of the Palmettos. The
bells rang out their chimes merrily in honor of the occasion—the schools, many of
them, were closed for the day, and business in some neighborhoods was entirely
suspended. The admirable Oration of Mr.
Carroll, who is well known as a diligent student and writer of Carolina history, is
published in the morning papers and will be read with interest by many who were
debarred the pleasure of hearing it.
Spanish Consul sent down to the steam frigate Wabash, on Thursday, a
communication requesting the commander of the fleet to send to New York the
Spanish ship “Plus Ultra,” daily expected from Barcelona. The Wabash
is now the only blockading vessel in sight.
Four companies of
the Hampton Legion, the Washington Light Infantry Volunteers, Captain Conner,
Washington Artillery Volunteers, Lieut. Hart commanding, the Davis Guards,
Captain Austin, and 61st Riflemen, Captain Smith, left Columbia on Wednesday evening for Richmond, Va.,
under command of Lieut. Col. B. J. Johnson.
Col. Hampton made a short speech to them on leaving, and a large crowd
of spectators assembled to bid them farewell, and wish them a safe and
victorious return to their homes.
H. Hurlbut, the abolitionist and spy, who is in jail at Richmond, is well known and appreciated at
his full value here. Commissioner
Gilchrist, of the Confederate court, has issued a warrant for his arrest, on
which he will probably be brought here for trial. Hurlbut pretends to be a native of South Carolina, but our
obstinate little State persists in disowning the gentleman. Should he succeed in proving his nativity, it
will only be worse for him, as South
Carolina looks upon degenerate sons as worse than
Col. Hardee, of
the Confederate Army, is out with a card in the Courier, stating that the
copyright edition of his Infantry and Rifle Tactics, published by S. H. Goetzel
& Co., in your city, is the only complete, correct and revised edition, and
contains all the improvements and changes he has recently made, adapting the
manual to the use of the arms generally in the hands of the troops in the
see that Col. McCrea, formerly of this State, is raising a force of two hundred
men in Arkansas
to join McCullock’s Rangers. Every
recruit is to be a single man, and must be able to prove by competent witnesses
that he has performed the feat so common at the West, of having killed his bear
with his knife. The wild beasts in the
service of the baboon Lincoln
will find them pretty tough foes to deal with.
Men who can handle bears and panthers are just the sort of material to
encounter the savages who repudiate the laws of civilized warfare, and when
they can no longer hug us to their bosoms, for the sake of the money they could
make out of us, set to work to plunder and exterminate us.
match factory will soon be established in this city by a German, who has
thoroughly learned the art of making these indispensable lights to our
pathway. Artesian soap is coming into
extensive demand. Here is another very
useful article, which can be made with but little expense, as our Artesian Well
furnishes, gratuitously, a never failing supply of ingredients. Our North Carolina
neighbors are hastening their arrangements for supplying us with good coal from
the Deep River mines. Zinc will also be wanted from that
State. One of our coal dealers is on a
visit to North Carolina, contracting for ten
thousand tons of coal for Charleston.
privateering vessel, commanded by experienced officers, is ready to leave one
of our Southern ports on her first voyage.
Her agents are advertising for a few more shares to complete the stock. Some of our merchants have already made money
by the prizes captured, and there appears to be very little difficulty in
enlisting capital in this trade, in spite of the hazards and reverses attending
sales of cotton this week. We have about
2100 bales as ouR stock on hand. Hay and
corn are selling very high. The former
brings readily $3 per hundred pounds.
Rice straw and marsh are used as substitutes by horse-owners. Corn sells at $1.10 @ $1.20. Flour, $6 @ $7 per barrel. Good country butter is now liberally supplied
to us; sells from 37 1/8 @30 c. per pound.
banks have declared the following July
Railroad--$3.50 per share, 6 per cent per annum.
Railroad Bank—75 c. per share.
Bank—87 ˝ c. per share.
South Carolina Bank--$1.35
per share, 6 per cent. Per annum
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]