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Edgefield-M. W. Gary, M. C. Butler, G. D. Tiilman, James Callison, M. L. Bonham, J. C. Sheppard, J. H. Brooks, T. G. Bacon, John R. Abney, W. H. Timmerman.
Fairfield-T. W. Woodward, John S. Reynolds, James Pagan, B. E. Elkin, Henry Heins.
Georgetown-B. H. Wilson.
Greenville--James McCullough, B. F. Perry, W. L. Mauidin, T. J. Austin, C. A. Perkins.
Horry-L. D. Bryan, Daniel Lewis, T. J. Sessions, B. W. Ward.
Kershaw, J. B. Kershaw, John D. Kennedy, W. D. Trantham, Lewis C. Thompson, W. L. DePass.
Laurens-B. W. Ball, J. W. Ferguson, W. Watts, W. A. Shands, F. M. Setzler.
Lexington-H. A. Meetze, T. S. Fox, J. N. Huffman, W. T. Brooker.
Marion—W. W. Harllee, E. J. Moody, W. S. Mullins.
Newberry-James N. Lipscomb, E. S. Keitt, J. S. Hair, Y. J. Pope, J. F. J. Caldwell.
Oconee-J. M. Keith, J. T. Reid, John W. Zimmerman.
Orangeburg—A. D. Goodwyn, Ira T. Shumaker, Dr. B. H. Knotts, F. W. Fairey, N. E. W. Sistrunk, W. C. Hane, H. G. Sheridan.
Pickens—R. E. Bowen, D. F. Bradley.
Richland-W. B. Stanley, A. C. Haskell, J. C. Seegers, R. O'Neale, Jr., W. H. Stack, J. H. Kinsler, J. A. Kaminer, E. S. Percival.
Spartanburg—John H. Evins, W. K. Blake, H. L. Farley, G. Cannon, W. P. Compton, John A. Leland, T. Stobo Farrow.
Sumter-T. B. Fraser, E. W. Moise, John S. Richardson, Samuel Earle, Matt. Brooks, London Sumter, Robert Ross; the three last named being colored.
Union-I. G. McKissick, John P. Thomas, Asa Smith, Thomas A. Carlisle.
Williamsburg–T. M. Gilland, James McCutchen, W. J. Nettles, Thos. R. Greer.
York-John S. Bratton, B. H. Massey, A. Baxter Springs, J. L. Adams, Richard Gillespie.
The counties of Lancaster and Marlboro were not represented. The following officers were unanimously elected by acclamation:
President-J. B. Kershaw.
Vice-President-M. L. Bonham, Thos. Y. Simons, James A. Hoyt, A. McQueen, B. F. Perry, Johnson Hagood.
Secretaries-T. C. Gaston, J. J. Fox.
On motion, the President appointed a committee composed of one member from each county, to which were referred without debate all resolutions offered in the convention. A number of resolutions were referred accordingly.
In deference to the wish of General Kershaw the rule making the President of the Convention chairman ex officio of the State Executive Committee was rescinded, and it was provided that such committee should choose its own chairman.
The following named gentlemen were elected to represent the State in the National Democratic Convention:
At Large-John Bratton, W. D. Porter, D. Wyatt Aiken, John D. Kennedy. Alternates--M. C. Butler, B. F. Perry, Jas. A. Hoyt, M. L. Bonham.
First District-John S. Richardson, J. D. McLucas. AlternatesE. R. McIver, J. B. McLaurin.
Second-M. P. O'Connor, John F. Ficken. Alternates—John L. Manning, James F. Izlar.
Third-Samuel McGowan, W. B. Stanley. Alternates—B. W. Ball, Sampson Pope.
Fourth-John H. Evins, B. F. Perry. Alternates-W. H. Wallace, Gabriel Cannon.
Fifth-J. C. Sheppard, William Elliott. Alternates—J. J. Fox, Paul F. Hammond.
Governor Perry having declined to serve as alternate at large, Col. William Wallace was elected in his place.
The Convention then proceeded to the election of three members of the State Executive Committee from each Congressional District, with the following results :
First-W. W. Harllee, J. A. Law, T. B. Fraser.
At intervals during the counting of the ballots and while awaiting the report of the committee on resolutions the Convention went into
caucus. There was a full interchange of views on the situation in the different counties and on the policy to be declared by the Convention.
The committee on resolutions submitted the following report on the various papers referred to them:
The committee of one from each county, to whom was referred the resolutions of the gentleman from Charleston, Mr. O'Connor; of the gentlemen from Newberry, Messrs. Lipscomb and Keitt; of the gentleman from Edgefield, Mr. Sheppard; of the gentleman from Barnwell, Mr. Lartigue; of the gentleman from Charleston, Mr. McCrady-beg leave to make the following report:
That the committee deem it inexpedient to take any action upon the resolutions submitted to them for consideration, but recommend that this Convention urge on the respective counties the utmost vigor and zeal in perfecting a thorough and compact organization of the Democratic party, with the view of consolidating every possible strength until the time comes for the nomination of a State ticket.
We further recommend that the State Executive Committee take such action at once as will promote the purpose indicated in the foregoing
Gen. M. W. Gary offered the following resolutions as a substitute for the report of the committee:
Resolved, That the platform of the National Democratic party be adopted as the platform of the Democratic party of South Carolina,
Resolved, That the Democratic party of South Carolina, when they make nominations for State officers, put a straightout ticket in the field.
Resolved, That the county conventions where the Democrats are in a minority make such nominations as they deem expedient, and be governed by the circumstances surrounding them.
After considerable debate the yeas and nays were called, when the report of the committee on resolutions was adopted by a vote of 70 to 42.
Col. James A. Hoyt introduced the following resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That the State Executive Committee is hereby authorized and empowered, whenever in their judgment it may be deemed proper, to call a convention of the Democratic party to nominate State officers and announce a platform of principles, to be composed of delegates from the several counties in proportion to the number of members to which each county may be entitled in both houses of the General Assembly under the new apportionment of the various counties.
The Convention then adjourned, after a session of two days.
One of the purposes of the May Convention in postponing a declaration of policy was that there might be further enrollment of the white voters in the Democratic clubs and further opportunity for discussing, among the white people, the policy to be pursued by the party in South Carolina.
There were among the white people two distinct views of what should be done. Some thought that the Democratic party should make no nomination for Governor if Chamberlain should be the Republican candidate—the latter contingency being regarded certain. This wing of the Democracy considered that by such a policy there would be stronger chances of electing the rest of the State ticket and of getting control of the Legislature—the latter object being on all hands admitted to be of first importance. The other wing of the party-known as the "straightouts"-urged the nomination of Democrats for all offices “from governor to coroner” and a fight for supremacy on that line. There was full discussion in the papers -by contributors and editors of the questions thus presented. Each side had its advocates among the best and truest and ablest men of South Carolina--men who had distinguished themselves in peace and war alike and of whose disinterested purpose to serve and save the State no doubt was ever suggested.
BLOODSHED IN HAMBURG.
The town of Hamburg, in Aiken County, on the Savannah river separating it from the city of Augusta, once a place of great commercial importance in South Carolina, was in 1876 the abode of negroes chiefly. These controlled the town, men of their race, to the exclusion of whites, filling all the offices——those of intendant, wardens, policemen, trial justice and constable.
There was here a company of negro militia commanded by one Doc Adams, whose hostility to the white race had been frequently manifested and who did about all he dared to aggravate such of that race as necessity compelled to visit or to traverse the negro-ridden town of Hamburg. This company, it was officially stated, had been organized during Scott's first term, with Prince Rivers as captain, and had then been supplied with arms and ammunition. The company was inactive for a time, but in May, 1876, it had an enrollment of eighty men, with Doc Adams as captain. The men had a supply
of ammunition said by Adams to have been issued in 1870—a statement bearing little semblance of truth.
On July 4, 1876, two citizens of Edgefield were driving through a street of Hamburg, and thus met Doc Adams' company. Seeing the approach of the buggy, the negro soldiers intentionally extended their company front across the street so that the vehicle bearing the gentlemen could not pass—there being a ditch on one side of them, a fence on the other and a well in their rear. They were forced to stop; and while they stood still the negroes cursed and vilified them in the grossest manner and beat their drums around their horse's head. They were finally permitted to go on their way.
The father of one of the men thus treated made complaint against certain of the negro soldiers (including their captain) for obstructing a highway, and a warrant for their arrest was issued by Prince Rivers, the trial justice resident in Hamburg. Upon this the negro militiamen became indignant and threatened to lynch the citizens whose lawful use of a public highway had been insultingly interrupted. In view of these threats some white men gathered at Hamburg on the day finally fixed for the trial.
Gen. M. C. Butler had been retained for the prosecution, and, after some fruitless endeavors to have Doc Adams and the other offenders end the trouble by making a proper apology for their misconduct, repaired to the justice's office where the trial was to take place. On the suggestion of a colored man proceedings were again postponed in the expectation of an adjustment. There was further delay-long enough for General Butler to visit Augusta, dispatch some personal business there, and return to Hamburg. In a conference with Rivers and others General Butler proposed that all further trouble could be prevented if the negro company—whose very existence was by many believed to be unlawful—would deliver up their guns to some responsible person who should ship them to the Adjutant-General in Columbia, Very soon there came a report that the negroes refused to disarm and intended to fight. Quite a number of whites had by this time gathered in anticipation of troublesome having come from Augusta. The fighting soon began. The negroes, fortified in their drill room in a brick building, defied the whites, raised a yell and fired from the windows-to which act the whites promptly responded with a volley. Soon after the firing began McKie Meriwether, a worthy young citizen of Edgefield, was shot through the