|Economic War to the Death
Henry Shultz and his Town of Hamburg, SC
In 1806 the remarkable Henry Shultz appeared in the United States at Augusta, GA. His aggressive and intelligent vision gained the respect and confidence of local citizens, investors, and the legislatures of Georgia and South Carolina. His cantankerous independence led to resentment, bankruptcy, manslaughter, and attempted suicide. He lived a long life, but only long enough to see the unravelling of his Town of Hamburg, SC and failure in his spiteful commerce war with Augusta.
Incredibly, his story lacks telling in any great depth. Occasional (and welcome) local newspaper articles keep the memory alive, but the story remains embarrassed by the blank in Shultz's early life in Hamburg, Germany, and in his American family life. The lack of a single hit on Google brings the insult fully up to date, hence this project.
I seek to present, non-commercially on the Web, the life and times of Henry Shultz, the Augusta Bridge, Hamburg in its prime, the South Carolina Rail Road, and Hamburg's second life with fresh, visual, engaging, and historically traceable content. I will also log Hamburg genealogical data as time permits. Already I have interest, assistance, and crazy stories from local historians and enthusiasts. I seek information, hints and tips, leads, access to documents, low gossip, artifacts, and anything else that leads to a ripping tale for all to enjoy. And perhaps a good stirring of the pot will lead to a permanent result from some qualified person.
If you have any material or ideas to share, please drop a line to and we can get together at the Metro Coffee House. I welcome stomping tours around the old site but not before the snakes have hibernated!
Hamburg was the site of a key event in South Carolina's history, the Hamburg Massacre of 8 July 1876. Seven men died when an impossible situation exploded in blood. It is my opinion that all seven, who were trying to build a better life for themselves, deserve to be remembered.
Bank of Hamburg banknote image courtesy of Mr. Truman Shivers.
Read the Story of Hamburg as told in Chapman's History of Edgefield County, pp.236-243
Henry Shultz recently spoke at the South Carolina Historical Societies conference at North Augusta, and the next day featured a visit to the site of the 'stirring events' of July 8, 1876. Here is the take of Leonard Todd, author of Carolina Clay, the story of Dave the potter.
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