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.
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….
In English writings the name of the Founder of Hamburg, SC is properly spelled ‘Henry Shultz’.
Most everyone has heard that Henry Shultz was branded for murder. Well, not exactly – he was sentenced to be branded for Assault with Intent to Murder. And it turns out that sentencing and happening are two different things. But what in the world is this branding business all about anyway – is that medieval or what?
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.
This well known book was one of the local histories that were very popular at the end of the 19th Century. It has a great chapter on Hamburg, just consider that much was written from recollection with the biases of its time. It captures the spirit well and keeps the story alive!