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Terror in Edgefield , newspaper 1874
Posted by: Nancie O'Sullivan (ID *****5614) Date: May 03, 2004 at 18:55:41
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newspaper article, dated Nov. 24, 1874.
TERROR IN EDGEFIELD
The citizens of Edgefield actually arrested thus far are COL. ROBERT HUGHES, REV. E.T. WALKER, COL. JOHN CHEATHAM, MR. JOHN H. HOLLINGSWORTH and MR. JOHN COLGAN, Sr. Most of them are already in Columbia to appear before the United States Court. In the meantime squads of U.S. troops, transformed temporarily into cavalry, have raided, by day and night, into the country, but have returned in most cases without their prey.
We had thought that the duty of U.S. troops, under these circumstances, was to assist the U.S. authorities in case of 'resistance', but it seems that their function are far more comprehensive. In no case has there been any resistance.
Col. R.B. HUGHES was arrested while in town and immediately gave bail. The charge against him is intimidation and his accuser is a negro named Fuller Oliphant. Remember this name. And notwithstanding the alleged intimidation the negro did actually vote, quietly, the Radical ticket. The charge against MR. WALKER is intimidation. Col. Cheatham and MR. HOLLINGSWORTH awoke at 3 o'clock in the morning and found their houses surrounded by U.S. soldiers. Again the charge is intimidation, the accusers voted the Radical ticket...
The charge against MR. COLGAN is selling tobacco without a license. He had a negro named DUDLEY ROSS. Now and then he bought a plug of tobacco in the village at 20 cents for Dudley and let him have it for the same price. He paid DUDLEY 10 dollars a month and fed him, and when Dudley came down from picking 80 pounds of cotton a day to 20 he discharged him. Hence Dudley's wrath.
And this is it ! And such is the character and the charges...
As we go to press, we learn that our fellow citizens, Messrs. WM. PARKMAN and CHARLES HOLMES, of the Red Hill section, have been brought in under arrest by a squad of U.S. soldiers.
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