Lt. George W. Lester, Co. F, and Corp. W. Edmund O’Connor, Co. A, Hampton’s Legion, And the Capture of “Sherman’s Battery”

9 04 2022

The Palmetto Flag Planted upon Sherman’s Battery. – A correspondent writes to the Richmond Enquirer correcting the statement that Gen. Beauregard had borne forward the flag of the Hampton Legion. He says:

The honor properly belongs to Lieut. G. W. Lester, of the “Davis Guards,” who, when the order for charge was given, bore the Palmetto colors about fifteen paces in front, calling on South Carolina to follow, which was promptly done. Corporal O’Connor, of the Washington Light Infantry, was the next to take it, and he it was who waved the first Southern flag over Sheman’s Battery.

The Charleston (SC) Mercury, 8/14/1861

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A. J. Hartley (“Old Texas”), And the Death of Col. James Cameron, 79th New York Infantry

9 04 2022

Who Killed Cameron? – A correspondent of the Richmond Whig lately attributed the killing of Col. Cameron, of the New York Seventy-ninth (Scotch) Regiment, to “Old Texas,” who is thus described by the South Carolinian:

“Old Texas” will be remembered by every one who was on Morris’ Island, during the eventful scenes there. His name is A. J. Hartley, a printer by trade, and a man of a good deal of intelligence. He resided formerly in Memphis, but left there several years since for a small town in Northern Texas, where he established a paper, which he had pushed up to the point of making a good living. Being a bachelor, he made his home in the office, and by industry and perseverance had surrounded himself with many comforts; all of which he saw destroyed in one night by the Abolitionists, he escaping with only the clothes he had on. Those who have heard him relate his story will not soon forget the flashing of his eye as he drew his tall form to its utmost height, and uttered his imprecations against the cowardly thieves who had destroyed the labor of years. It was not surprising that he was among the first to volunteer in defence of the South against those whom he considered his natural enemies. The above incident is characteristic of the man. We regret to learn that he is wounded, but trust he may soon be able to take his place again, and assist in cancelling some part of the debt of vengeance he owes the invaders of our soil.

Charleston (SC) Daily Courier, 8/28/1861

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