Books [Fighting Ben]
Yes, Ben Thorp has been a fighter and a true son of Edgefield. He says he is proud of the fact, too. He inherited this trait of character. His ancestors were fighters before him. His father was a Confederate veteran, an original member of the K.K.K., and rode as a “Red Shirt” with Mart Gary, M. C. Butler, and Ben Tillman during the stirring days of reconstruction in 1876. His grandfather followed Colonel P. M. Butler in the Mexican War, and his great-grandfather was with General Pickens in the war of the American Revolution. Ben admits being a follower on the Toney faction in the Toney-Booth feud which plagued society and politics for a number of years in Edgefield.
Ben, true to his promise made his dying father, remained with his widowed mother and his sister. Without one word of complaint, he assumed the duties of a family keeper and farm manager. He worked hard and was very considerate of his mother and sister. “I plowed row for row with the other niggers on the place from the time I was fourteen until I quit farming years later.” He made big crops of cotton, corn, and other crops on the three-horse farm he operated. His main crop was cotton, and his experience with this was as follows:
“I was like the average Edgefield farmer - a cotton farmer. Pretty near everybody would look foreword to lay-by time during July and August. Then we'd have the usual round of preaching, picnics, politics, and pitch