Lots in beautiful downtown Hamburg, from the 1835 plat. Mercer Street is now called Sandpit Road.
Shultz would have loved Facebook. He was huge into working the media. He showered the South Carolina legislature with memorials asking for money and privileges, and had the memorials broadcast to newspapers across both states. And he loved writing articles to newspapers which must have considered them great copy, because Shultz didn’t pay his bills. Responding to a call for claims on Shultz, A. H. Pemberton – editor of the Augusta Chronicle – presented a statement listing 33 insertions from 1825 to 1831 that had never been paid for.
‘Equity Between Men’, advertising a sale of lots throughout Hamburg, appeared in the Chronicle on March 15, 1826.
Augusta existed to collect cotton, and get the cotton to a seaport. The most available seaport for Augusta was Savannah, 231 river miles away. Hamburg existed to collect cotton, Augusta’s cotton if possible, and get the cotton to a South Carolina seaport. That was Hamburg’s drumbeat, to keep South Carolina commerce at home, which was part of the deal for support from the state legislature. So Hamburg boats routinely sailed right past Savannah, and beat their way another 101 miles behind the sea islands to Charleston.
Steamboat and Rail routes from Hamburg to Savannah. The sea islands route from Savannah to Charleston is only my guess. From 1833 Tanner Map of SC, Library of Congress rr002990
Manufacturing was alien to the Southern plantation spirit, but nevertheless found its way into the freewheeling atmosphere at Hamburg, including – for a few years – the local assembly of clocks. These were ‘Short Case’ clocks of the type that stood on the fireplace mantles of many, if not most Southern homes. Many Hamburg clocks still exist, one at the Aiken County Historical Museum, and a Huson clock at the Saluda Museum (by the Saluda Theater at 105 Law Range Street). Some are labeled ‘L. M. Churchill & Co.’ and others ‘Huson & Co.’
Henry Shultz was all for a rising tide of commerce that lifted all boats, as long as a few tidbits fell in his own lap. His first love was for transportation, but close behind was banks. Here are some notes from banks closely connected with Shultz and Hamburg.
1816 Bridge Company of Augusta – by 1819 Shultz and his partner John McKinne had issued several hundred thousand dollars worth of these ‘Bridge Bills’. Shultz spent the rest of his life trying to make them good after the bank went bust during the Panic of 1819.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideal society was a thin carpet of independent landholders, masters of their own domains where all needs were satisfied by their land, their family, and the fruits of their labor. What impulse could turn men away from this ideal society, to collect at a common point, a town? Continue reading