Books [Longstreet Gantt]
“The 4th of July was generally celebrated with a barbecue and a public speaking. Christmas was the day of days to the small boy and girl, with the hanging up of stockings and socks the night before Christmas; the joyous shouts of the early morning day; the popping of firecrackers; and the thrilling cry of, 'See what Santa Claus brought me?' Everybody, white and black, old and young shouted around, 'Christmas give!,' and expected something if caught.
“My father, Richard Gantt, lived in town but had a plantation in the country. He had slaves for the farm and special household slaves in town. My older brother, Richard Plantaganet Gantt, managed, in a great measure, the plantation and slaves. The blacksmith, the carpenter, and the stable man had special privileges. Old Uncle Ransom took care of the jackass that did service for the surrounding neighbors. Uncle Ransom was a slave preacher. I remember to this day the words on his pass permitting him to go about from place to place. They were:
'This is to let Rave Ransom pass
On his feet or on his ass,
Till sale day December next,
To preach a sermon and a text.
For ten miles through the country 'round
I hope his ass won't throw him down.'
R. P. Gantt.
“Gen. Johnson Hagood was a cousin of mine. He was the first Confederate soldier. He accounted for it in this way. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. Governor W. H. Gist called for volunteers to defend the State's action. General Hagood was authorized to