Want to Talk Catastrophes? Lemme Tell You About a Catastrophe
we South Carolinians had lost the Civil War, big time. Our young manhood, a whole
generation, had been decimated. Former Confederates were denied the right to vote.
The majority of South Carolina's population was black and they had been given
"All is lost!"
top of that we were occupied by the Federal Army under the Radical Republicans.
That occupation lasted twelve years. Thousands of Yankee carpetbaggers came South
with a license to steal and Federal bayonets and black votes to work with.
Seeing that all was lost for
the South, thousands of Southern scalawags joined the majority black vote and
the Federal occupation troops and the carpetbaggers.
Not only that, but we faced
the majority of the ruling Yankee vote that was against us.
see, the Yankees had their Greatest Generation, too. Millions of Yankees had Saved
the Union just as the Greatest Generation Saved the World. They and their families
"All is lost!"
at that situation, I would not see any hope either. But my grandfather, who later
became a Methodist circuit riding preacher, joined the Redshirts anyway. The Redshirts
took on the hopeless task of taking South Carolina back.
only did we take it back, but South Carolina became a bastion of white supremacy.
and His Redshirts: South Carolina's Deliverance in 1876
"carpetbagger" government that ruled South Carolina from 1868 until
it was overthrown in 1876 caused more destruction than the four years of the War
Between the States. Judging by the record which these corrupt politicians left,
continuance of their rule would have resulted in the irretrievable annihilation
of the fruits of two centuries of labor, ingenuity, and courage. This book is
a fascinating chronicle of how the people of South Carolina, led by former Confederate
General Wade Hampton and his famous Redshirts, rose up to free themselves from
the intolerable and dangerous conditions of the Reconstruction period.
Lt. Gen.Wade Hampton Camp No. 273
Columbia, S. C.