H/T Palmetto Patriot
Back in November, we discussed the White Man’s Revolution of 1876 in South Carolina in several posts on this website. Several decades later, a monument was raised in North Augusta to McKie Meriwether who lost his life in the Battle of Hamburg.
Meriwether was the only White man who died in the Redemption of South Carolina. When White men in South Carolina summoned the will to overthrow BRA in 1876, the whole rotten edifice collapsed in a single day.
This must have been an incredibly moving scene in 1916:
“One day, fifty-one years after the liberation when the freedmen of Charleston had honored the Martyrs of the Race Course, there was another grand celebration on the streets of a South Carolina town, and school children again assembled and sang, and prayers again read and orations again delivered, and again there was a march to unveil a memorial to the dead.
The state of South Carolina had provided some of the money to erect the monument, but private donations were raised, too, and the Hon. B.R. Tillman had contributed twenty-five dollars, and Mr. Henry Getzen had too.
And on that day a thousand people came and cheered and shouted the rebel yell as the Honorable D.S. Henderson retold the stirring story of how young McKie Meriwether had “perished for the cause of liberty” in “The Battle of Hamburg.”
It was not a massacre in the brutal sense of that word, declaimed the speaker; “it was a rebellion against wrong, an armed rebuke to tyranny and oppression.”
Ignorance and vice had reigned in those dark days. The Supreme Court of the state had been given over to a “superannuated Jew, a shrewd carpetbagger and an ignorant black negro.” A Negro militia terrorized decent white people. Military satraps ruled the state at the point of a bayonet.
But there in Hamburg, “the very citadel of negro Republicanism,” the flame had been lit, and ignited “the white man’s Revolution” of 1876.
And then, at the top of a picture-perfect square at the top of the prosperous main street of North Augusta, some pretty schoolgirls in pretty dresses unveiled the obelisk, revealing carved inscriptions to “the memory of the young hero of the Hamburg riot,” who gave his life that the “civic and social institutions which the men and women of his race had struggled through the centuries to establish in South Carolina” might be passed on unimpaired, and the “supremacy” of “Anglo-Saxon civilization” assured.”
Note: Whenever you are having a bad day and start feeling like succumbing to “all is lost” fatalism (a sentiment which is common in these circles), search for this post, remember the words of Ben Tillman, and load this image of the McKie Meriwether monument.
Gaze at that monument and reflect upon how easy it was to overthrow BRA in South Carolina once White people simply decided that they had been pushed to their limit and embarked on the course of resistance over submission.
It has happened before. It can happen again.