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.
It seems that Henry Shultz will address a session of the Southern Studies Showcase at Edgefield, SC, 10:00 AM on Friday, September 15, 2017. The event is hosted by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and the Edgefield Civic League. The event is based at the Tomkins Library on Edgefield Courthouse Square.
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
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….
“Bare breasted wolfwoman hoisting a scales in a swamp”: quaint embossed paper seal, folded and ornately cut then stuck on the document with red wax. Used until his death in 1851. HENRY SHULTZ HAMBURG.SO.CA. 2’July 1821
In English writings the name of the Founder of Hamburg, SC is properly spelled ‘Henry Shultz’.
Real name was Klaus Hinrich Klahn
Born in Holstein in 1776
Henry Shultz was a spectacularly public figure, but he carried secrets to his grave. One of them was who he really was. 165 years after his death the secret has been revealed, with grateful thanks to Jürgen Möller.
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?