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J]py^riilH?NO 89. CAMDEN, S. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1865. 1/ _ !/ NEW SERIES?VOL. II?NO !$?;' '
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I cassdek, FRIDAY, MARCH**!?.^To
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I JLtJUtJifcLUt; CLLH-L UUUi JLUXJL.
V We dap^ it unnecessary, tj.s publish el's, to
- .offer any. apology to our intelligent readers,
r either on account of a'three week's suspensjto '
?<oFour Tegular-is?Ue, orfpr at this time con soni
dating, temporarily, what has-been left us, o&
; material on which, to publish a- paper, as a*'
suspension' daring the invasion and occupation
j't ?town by an enemy would he a natural con^-j?(juence?nnd
especially So as we,like most
rV<$hors of.ow^towh's people, removed the most
P y^lpable-portion of our material to the swamps
|P^d sand-hill?, only to be pillaged and burnt
P^y.the.enemy. -"We have merged the two
.ftHdfa. procure., an^additional
nVU'|)C, having lost by far the larger.
both offices by the incendiary torch
^B^^Vandals who were our recent unwelcome
The paper will l>e issued regularly,
further notice, every Friday morning'-?
are.withoiit any reliable.information as to
M^Ve whereabouts of the main body of our arjHhy;
nor can wc locate th& of tl? enemy at
Wtbis time.; He was supposed to Imve evacuated
J Chcrawuon "Wednesday, but whither he is going
from that point we'Iiipbw mot. It is to be
presumed, however, that lie will take a direct
northward cpufec, and will no doubt encounter
our forces at Greensboro or some point between
that place and Raleigh.
.... We ffi# informed by a gentlemen; direct
from Richmond, that Gen. Lee is yet in command
of the #rmy in Virginia, and is in full
force?tho*officers ancLmen in buoyant spirits.
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The Ememv at.Liberty Hill.?The Yanl"
* kces,"while atr Liberty Hill,wall sustained their
unehyiafife reputation; fo^fpillagc and wanton
- 'cruelty-to ?oth. man and beast. *Th ey. reaped
a golden barrafet 'whilst there. Probably no
nnt nf '.it.* dimfitiRinns in "tVirv uSf-nrim* nf t)in
State, coaljd boast of more wealth aipd refinement.
palatial residence of Mr. R. B.
Connikg^am, and ; every piece-of .furniture it
' contained, was destroyed bv the incendiarism
of some fiend in human shape; also the residences'of
Mr. John Perry and C. B. Cuketon
was burned'. The desolation in that locality'
has fully equalled that" of our own town, its
population considered. Surely a retributive
justice awaits the spoiler, and no doubt will, ore
long", overtake antf punish the guilty oues. .*
Camden Branch of Ra/lroad.?Mr. H. T.
^Peak, General Superinteudant of the South
Wjfiajolina Railroad, has already secured a^large,
BSjg&of competent workman who are actively*
SHfed.in -.rebuilding .a temporary bridge
HMHKthe Watcroe River. Travel from this
jffifgfbv raifroad is now open to Florence and..
fttttrteracdia'tc statrona. In consequence of
Drop-sic al.?From tne amount of rain that
that'has fallen during the past forty-eight
hours, wq arc forced to conclude the clonds are
somewhat cfrop-sieal and have been recently
Mr. WiTKERsroojrJnforms us that his line
of telegraph is up and in good working' order.
Communication can be bad at this time, as far
on his line as the Wilmington and Manchester
Junctiou, and thence to Sumter and'Florence.
Stole Our Sci7.zous.~If the-pilfcring scamp
who entered the office during our retreat from
the'Yanks; and appropriated an onl^ pair .of;
scizzors?an itidispcnsiblo * appendage to an
editor?will present himself,at onr sanctum,
we wilt promise no questions atked,'" but be
shall be handsomely done for. ' ,,
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Depot fop. . Stolen Puopbktv.?Persons
having goods of any kind in their possession
or that of their servants, known to .be taken
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from merchants of our town during$bo occti*
patio n ericifly, will confer a favor on;'
thb owners'of inch property by scnding .it td :
the store house- of Bell ?fc Matiieson. VA1rcadv
has a large amount of goods been rc
turned*, and placed in charge of Mr. Bell, who
will take'pleasure in .ieceiving and" delivering
the same. 7
Many-thanks are due our intelligent and;''
gentlemanly enrolling officer, Capt.CoLCLot;GHjii
i'or his efficient and untiring exertions in having
the goods returned to their rightful "6Vvn?
crs. Dr. Young informs us that he has already'
received about one ht#f of the books stolenfrom!]is"store;
ont the ' most valuable' works
arc ypt in the possession of servants and otji
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The LadIi?s of .ouit Town During thx
'OccfrXTiON.?T$.'<Ti>lackest cioud has a silver
lining, and every true patriot and well-wisher
of his country cannbt but draw consolation for
tbe past and hope for the future, wh^h he considers
the undannt$fy spirit, which from the
beginning until now lias actuated the women
of the South. Unremitting'in, their exertions
.to heal the sick, ministertd the wounded and
clothe the naked, they have ever cheered' the
battle-worn soidicr and reproached with gentle
but powerful voice the laggatxjjj anil skulkers
at home, until it has-become a fixed belief in
every well-regulated mind that a cause so justr
in n? rtni*.e itf.'wit.h finch nof-pnt. infl?f>nr>p.j
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brought to bear in its support, cannot, will not,
under the rulings of a just Providence, be allowed
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Wc aie proud to know and' chronicle the
fact, that tJ)6 ladies of Camden during the .recent
occupation of our town, have proved no
exception to the heroic conduct of their sisters
in other parts of the Confederacy under like
distressing circumstances.. Calm, dignified,
unafwed, they received the intrusion of the dastardly
thieves and plunderers, with true wo-'
manly bearing?overpowered, brit unconquerr
ed ; oppressed, but still patriotic, they have
seen our barbarous foe depart, .without the
comfort of one \y?*4 of sympathy, of aid,, or
of hope for their cause, breathed by woman's
Were the men of the Confederacy as true
and-devoted to the cause <of oar country
the women; where would bo the absentees
without leave, the occupiers ef impenetrable
"bomb-proofs?" We hope and believe that
even considering the uuiversal private suffering
inflicted, that the late invasion will be pro- .
ductivo of good;..-that like the tropical tornado,
it will purify tho atmosphere-it' so lately vexed,
and ttiat adding private injury to tHe spirit of
if mill va+ 1\a fk/. r>ia^ t ?
?/ntiJuvioujj IU ITJII TUU.W uuu uiuwio ui ^IrtvUIIajfy*
assisting in urorjcing out the great, cause
o^SouthOrp independence, ./'/ .
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The Occupation of Camden
by the Eneahy. :
The storm has'at length burst upon us; the
anticipated blow has fallen, an<f CamdeD has
been made to undergo, in her turn, all the bar-rors
of 'a Yankee invasion." The raid, though
'evicted, wa3 so sudden, and its duration so
brief that .we feel stunped,. as it were, and
hardly able to realize that a Yaukec force .has
actually been in our midst, plundering dnd destroying,
as is their want, although the blapk(. ncd
and smouldering ruins around us too painfully
attest th&fac.t.' God grant that-it may
be long ere such scenes of horror arc a<rain re
enacted iu our. pcacefui quiet to'wn;?
Most of.our citizens having sought refnge in
Lhc neighboring swamps, from which they are,
only how venturing to return,.aud small-bodies
;of.the.Yahtee5 being still reported hovering
no great distance from the town, render it
Somewhat unsafe to stir abroad, licnce wc have
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^otbwif-ttble, up to the date of this writing,
^tp gathoh.fnll particulars of the .invasion atid
capture of Camden. Such items as we have
d>ech'ahle to glQ3n,*we throw hastily together
fo.r tli e benefit of our rea'dcrs. ?.
The enemy made their first appearance in
our midst on Thursday eveiftng the 1*9 instant,
having crossed the Waterec, Peav.V and
:?Joik&' ferrie's, about twerfty miles above Cam-*
den." They were ift small number?s$ine thirty?and
formed a line near'Major John Wiutt.
'akkr's.residoucb, wlicre the militia, under the
command of-Col. Jokes, confronted them, but
auwi t+ c-kUH?u^?vjj kUU' CUL'lllV
withdrew, woujiding.' and capturing Mr. Ii. 0.
pcAKEFORD, of Fiat Rock. They returned on
the day following (Friday) and reached Camden
about 2 p. in., entering the town from the
north, with a force consisting of two detachments
of cavalry and one of infantry, number-!
ing in all, perli#ps, two hundred and .fifty men.
A.portion of the cavalry and the hnllc of the,
infantry proceeded directly down Main street
into the heart oftfthc town. The remainderstoppdd,
by the way, to plunder. All llie
houses oil the,road wefe entered ami pillaged
more or less thoroughly, according to the caprice
of tbc robbers. But of this Jicrealter.?
Soon after the main body reached Jung
bjAjtu's hotel, which' was, we believe, their
headquarters^ the work of destroying the government
stores ;ind public buildings was begun.
The first bpildingjjxcd was. the passenger depot,
.next the freight depot at the railroad;
Lhen the Cornwallis house ; and tbe building
occupied as a commissary store house and office,
on the corner of DcKalb'and Matin streets,
was n<ixt fired. From this latter, ihe flames
communicated to the adjoining buildings, and
all the houses fronting on Main street on that
"square were totally destroyed. They also
burnt Mr. Geo. Douglas' storo,. fbe 'cotton
sheds in the rear of Mr. Gerald's and Bell's
stores, and the bridge over the Walere'c, The
Masonic Hall, the thrcc-story brick dwelling
adjoining, occupied as the enrolling office^ of
Capt. ConCLOUGii and residence of Mr:1 S. Oi'peniieim,
McKaik's drug store, and the three
wooden buildings * to the^ south, were also
burned; but there is reason toi believe that the
Yankees wore not the incendiaries iii this easel
Ail the stores were broken op,cn and pillaged.
The Yankees took what thfey wanted, aud
threw the balance of the goods ic the street,
whence they wera carried off by the negroes,
who were encouraged'and urged byv the -Yan*
lpes to appropriate wbaicvcr tliey fancied.?
rJ.}ie destruction of property- ha^-. befen very,t
hlayyyand years of patient labor' will be re-'
qtffred'to replace ,it. The'' devastation is so
ujtbi', so complete, it is really heartrending to
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contemplate it. But we have not space to. > V. V/'
particularize'in this issue, but will be more.-minute
in a future Werenco, when wc shall.. .'i3
have gathered the many. 'items and inoidonts? v
attending this cruel invasion'. After.'the coW . v / \
ton,-government stores, &c., liad been burned,/ . ^
'the majority of the,Yantces dispersed ihsjnall.
squads-oyer'the town to rob on private account. . 5 Nearly
every house in Camden and Pyirk'wobd jjCr
was visited. , In fact wc,have heard of but
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.two wai escaped, ucsiues tnosB in uie unranv
diatc vicinity of Disfmp Davis' residence, be-.tore
which a guard we understand, was placed,
The conduct ot these invaders va-ied, In differ^
cpt localities, according to tlic dominant in-.
stiiicts of the .individuals' wlijj composed the
squad. In some instances, rare ehes, they arc
reported to have beltavecT with courtesy* and
gentleness, neither plundering nor insulting the
inmates, .ntpimiting. their demands to a ditin?i
or a b'edT in others, and these by far the . 1
larger h.uitfber, they seem uAavb run through
the garnet, from simple iiupe'jtincnee.to gross
outrage, and from petty pilfering to wholesale
spoliation'and robbery. Many families have
bcefi stripped ol everything they had in the . 11
world," and'for there especially wo would W
jtpcak the sympathy and aid of those who suffered'less.
In one neighborhood, where sever- A
al barrels of liquor had been bursc.d by their
Wutrs, and-dng np'by the Yaukei^s, drunken- *
ness Csuno to slimuUi'te outrage, and inteusify . ' ?
Hie hoVrors of the .scene. They seemed to fc.'
t'.ke'sjYceial delight in'frightening wonien and
children, and wo .have hoard of private dwellings
being set oii fire unrler circumstances ,of j
the nVtwt want'otka;,d hoartles.V-tTVielly;.;-TiPhc- - --t --
loss of property and the pollution of llmir presence
is all' we liayc been called on to endure. dBut
that is quiet enough to satisfy us for a
long vlffle to como. >
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ii.uv l" Lijuii I'lctlir.tn win:j auu^iJ i i|ll?H<lllU(I
with 6ui; slaves/and devoted a portion of tlieir .
tiino to per>nacliii?j thuiu to desert tl'eir owner*
and try the blessings of Yankee freedom. About
two hundred and liftv, wo hear, from the. town
alio Tilanlaliijiis'in the vicinity, have hec? deluded
in going oil", hut the large majority of
the slaves have proved faithful to their masters,
'indeed great praise is din theuf,- especially tlio
house-servant*, who, as .a whole, stood
faithfully by their mistresses, and, by their earn-'
est and active efforts, aitfed greatly in prevent-'
ing outrage and saving property. ^ " '
Although tiic force which entered pimden * .
was small, there wore large bodies of YankeA
in the vicinity. . In fact the whole of Sher-i
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max is aimy pruoaoiy ^.pnsseu wiiuiu iweniy
mile's of us.' Tlic party wh6 came in on Friday
left on Saturday night, out stragglers are still *
to be sdenfin tlie vie' iity, and larger bodies are
known to be at no great distance. Whether
SiiBKMAie is going we haro no means of conjecturing
with any appronchto accuracy. Gut
off from all communication with the world, wo
know nothing of what is going on elsewhere,
and we.have no data on which to base^a calculation.
It.is possible that he at this timo
occupies Cheraw, and in that case we shall
probably be wjiolly rid of our unwelcome visi- ''
tor for the present. Uppn the whole we have
niiign to be thankful ibv. We li^vc lost much
and we have suffered much ; but we might
have lost and suffered much ' more lieavHy i
and in so glorious cause who would not suffer -
cheerfully? Let us thcu keep a stout heart, ^'
trusting that lie who orders all things wisely,
will'know how to bring good out of evjl, and
bestow on us in a glorious* future an overflow- '
ing compensation for tbc sad present. * . .?
s Wanted, an Owner.?A friend of ours has ? * *'
left at this.oflico a pair of slioes?no doubt lost
by funic one of our citizens.' The owner cap
have thoin by proving property and paying foy , *
this advertisement. ' ;
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