If it’s Monday, it Must be Graniteville

Herr Shultz will shade his enemies with sharp words Monday, March 5 2018 at 7:00 PM, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Graniteville, which is on Canal St as you enter the center of town from Route 1. This is a regular meeting of the Horse Creek Historical Society. There’s good word on the street about pre-meetingĀ  munchies!

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Equity Between Men

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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.

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Shultz’s Ghostly Spectre in Aiken!

It seems that Henry Shultz is in high demand to scare the wits out of little children. I am not sure why, he just wants to have a little fun, and if he has trouble getting over a few guys that have done him a bad turn, well, that is their problem.

Anyway, Shultz makes a ghostly appearance along with four more notable or unsettled characters of local history on Friday, October 13 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Pulses in the ether will keep him going from 7 to 9 PM. Call (803) 642-2015 for information, or jump right in and schedule a place in the seance at Eventbrite – Banksia After Dark.

 

 

Cotton to Charleston

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.

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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

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Holes In the Head

In Random Recollections of a Long Life, the priceless Edwin J. Scott plainly states that Shultz took his life in his hands after a court ruling against his ownership of the bridge. “In a fit of desperation… he attempted to commit suicide by discharging a loaded pistol in his mouth, but it happened to range upwards and outwards, so that the load came out between his eyes, frightfully mutilating him for the time, and leaving indelible marks of the powder in his face, yet, strange to say, he recovered, with his eyesight unimpaired….

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