Anderson Daily Mail
May 26, 1914
G. HENDERSON—Joined the army at the age of 16, entered with the 22nd
South Carolina Regiment, Co. C. Was at
the blow-up of Petersburg. All killed in
the company but nine. Then joined Lee’s
Artillery. Mr. Henderson served his
country faithfully for four years.
M. BANISTER—Entered the war January, 1863, joining Co. E., 30th
Regiment. Served two years with a boat
crew at Charleston, then with the ____ department. Says upon first entering the service he found
war pretty bad, but with each day times grew worse until at the close life was
very near unbearable. Mr. Banister says
his worst experience was at Fisher’s Creek where they captured many Yankees,
but late in the evening the enemy came back reinforced, and took possession,
leaving our men destitute. Mr.
Banister’s war record is very interesting, says it was fight all the time,
fighting the enemy or fighting for food.
Says he is thankful for the peace our country enjoys today.
M. CAMPBELL—Fought in White’s battalion, Co. A, Palmetto Artillery. Served the whole term of four years. Most of the time on the coast from Charleston
to Savannah. Their encounter with
Sherman was the worst experience. He
told a thrilling story of Riversides [?] where his company of provost ____
fired into a transport boat which was plying the water trying to land troops
but their boat was soon on fire and for some time men could be seen bobbing
around on the water. Mr. Campbell is now
74 years of age and very feeble. He is
one of Belmont’s best citizens.
F. CAMPBELL—Served with Co. I, Moore’s Regiment, Second S. C. Rifles. Mr. Campbell was wounded once. Had gone to a nearby spring and was shot by
an enemy who was hidden in the underbrush.
Mr. Campbell was in several fights.
Among these was that of the Wilderness where the undergrowth was cut
heavily. They had 26 men when the fight began, and the next morning only five
answered the roll call for duty. Mr.
Campbell thinks Jenkins one of the bravest officers ever in command and he
expected the same of his men, and gave the command if you see one of our men
run “shoot him down.”
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]