Counter Jars and Tins, Batson, SMB, Lance, Tom's, Nabisco, Sixteenth South Carolina Vols.,

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There is a place called the south, the Deep South... it is, or was, a land of yeoman farmers, not just a land of planters and slaves. These forgotten men, these farmers, had a deep love of both the land and the States that formed the governments for which they fought and all too often died. No region and no people in our nation has been called upon to give more to define what freedom is then this Southland. I am from that place and I deeply care for the people who made this land what it was and is... people of all types and races... I will not surrender my flag or my land to the merchants of hate, whoever they may be... whatever their cause... and for this, I will neither apologize, nor hate... It could be no other way, what kind of person would I be, should I make any other choice... For South Carolina and Dixie. Legacy of Freedom!

What pride could you possibly gain in your background by attempting to steal the pride I feel in mine? America is a place of legacy, for both the past and the future, and this is mine. To claim that legacy I would offer the blood and service of:

John W. Batson, Company C, 16th S.C. Regiment, C.S.A., 1826-1863
Thornton Batson, Died Aug 25, 1863, Aged 23 yrs, Company I, Hampton Legion
W.D. Batson, Born June 31, 1822, Died Feb. 15, 1903, An honest man is the most noble work of God.

Aquilla Batson, S.C. Reg, F, C.S.A., 1835-1863
D.H. Brookshire, Born April 11, 1833, Died April 7, 1911
J.A. Burrell, Born June 11, 1843, Died November 20, 1913

Hezekiah Batson, Born, 4/15/29, Died, 11/30/64, He was buried on the battlefield at Franklin in the grave with Ellis Hall.

A.J. Batson
Earle's Battery or The Furman Battery, Palmetto Light Artillery
Died of Illness, In Defense of Charleston Harbor

Hez Batson
Killed in Action
16th S.C.V.
Before the Works at Franklin Tennessee

Elliot Batson
16th S.C.V.
Died in Camp Chase Prison, Camp Chase, Ohio
Buried under the name of Ervin Batson
"Cousin" Ervin, Company C, Sixteenth South Carolina
Was home having lost a leg at Atlanta

Fountain P. Batson
16th S.C.V
Died of Illness, In Defense of Charleston Harbor

Thorton Batson
Hampton Legion
Killed in Action, In defense of Petersburg, Virginia

W.D. Batson
16th S.C.V.

David Hoke Brookshire
White's Bn., Palmetto Light Artillery
Company F, Hagood's First, Wounded in Arm
Defense of Charleston Harbor
Army of Northern Virginia

Jackson Burrell
16th S.C.V.
Shot in the Head at Franklin, Tennessee

William Burns
16th S.C.V

I have a dear friend, Dayle K., she found this for me and made the music you hear. She is so talented, by all means, see her War Between the StatesMidi Page from here or from The Sixteenth S.C. Links Page. This song was the bestest Christmas present of all. It is the most beautiful tribute to the south I have ever read or heard and states exactly how I feel... the lyrics are beautiful beyond belief... It was written in the fall of 1865 and the writer is unknown... like so many of our dead.

Click on the Southern Cross to read the lyrics.

This page and this song are dedicated to the memory of Alex McCaulay, who with Virgil Hallums and W.D. Batson enlisted in the 16th S.C.V. Alex fell wounded, like so many others, and was captured. He was moved to prison. The wound and the prison experience would haunt and considerably shorten his all too young life. He was shot through the Bible he carried in his pocket. It was often said that he was never the same after that prison. Not all the Andersonville Prisons were in the south, if all these places North and South do not scream through the ages then nothing will. Sadly it is the Southern Camps that are remembered and those of the north are forgotten. However, that is all a matter of point of view and what we are taught, is it not?

It is a matter of no little irony that the men of the 16th came from the mountains. These were the same men who would not respond to the call of Calhoun to nullify the union. It was Calhoun who first called the region, “that dark corner of South Carolina, a place where the bright light of nullification would never shine.” Many felt they would not fight, these men proved them wrong. These reluctant rebels went all the way into the breastworks at Franklin following that fit of insanity by the fearless Hood, who wounds had turned into a mad man. Yes, the gallant Hood of Texas did play H--- in Tennessee.

If you would like to know more about the Batson's and the Brookshire's and the Dark Corner click the flag. This will take you to the home of The Gray Fox. These stories are presented and sponsored though the kindness of Jack B. Harris, father of the Dixieland Ring. Jack is one of the finest men it has been my pleasure to know. Check out all the fine southern writing on Jack's page.


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