Books [Fighting Ben]
Approximately 2,700 words SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS' PROJECT
TITLE: FIGHTING BEN
Date of First Writing March 3, 1939
Name of Person Interviewed B. R. Thomas (white)
Fictitious Name Ben Thorp
Street Address Camp Fornance
Place Columbia, S. C.
Occupation Furniture Salesman
Name of Writer John L. Dove
Name of Reviser State Office
Standing at the bedside of his dying father, Ben Thorp said: “Don't worry, Dad, I'll fight the battle for Mom and Sister. I'll see that they never have to suffer for anything.” A few moments later it was left to the fourteen year old lad to make good his promise; for Benjamin Thorp, his father, was no more.
When the responsibilities of a breadwinner fell upon the shoulders of Ben Thorp, he was residing on a 135-acre farm located on Turkey Creek, ten miles northwest of the town of Edgefield, South Carolina. The old Thorp home is still there, but the old red fields and gullies bear evidence of the