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Ellison Baxter Quinton, 1838-1899

Baxter QuintonI originally posted this about Baxter Quinton on Facebook on September 30, 2016.

Ellison Baxter Quinton, my great-great-grandfather was born on September 30, 1838 in Chester County, SC.

He enlisted in Company F of the 23rd SC Volunteers (Hatch’s Coast Rangers) in 1861.


After being stationed in South Carolina, the regiment moved to Virginia and during the war served in General Evans’, Elliot’s, and Wallace’s Brigade. It participated in the conflicts at Second Bull Run (Second Manassas), South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, then was ordered to North Carolina and later to Mississippi. The unit skirmished at Jackson, was sent to Charleston, and in the spring of 1864 returned to Virginia. It continued the fight in the trenches of Petersburg and around Appomattox. During the Second Manassas operations, August 6-20, 1862, this regiment lost sixty-eight percent of the 225 engaged, and all its field officers were wounded. It reported 10 killed, 22 wounded, and 5 missing in the Maryland Campaign, totalled 297 men in October, 1863, and had 49 killed or wounded at the Petersburg mine explosion. The 23rd had many disabled at Sayler’s Creek and surrendered 5 officers and 103 men.

The unit surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse along with the Army of Northern Virginia. He received his parole there.

A full list of battles the regiment fought in include:

  • 1862: Malvern Hill, Rappahannock Station, 2nd Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, Sharpsburg (Antietam)
  • 1863: Siege of Jackson, Charleston Harbor
  • 1864: Bermuda Hundred, Siege of Petersburg, The Crater
  • 1865: Fort Stedman, Five Forks, Appomattox Court House

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He married Elizabeth Hudson, a direct descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. They had several children including William Baxter Quinton, my great-grandfather.

E. Baxter Quinton died on August 21 in 1899 in Chester County.

Could Trump really lose South Carolina?

South CarolinaIn 1976, Jimmy Carter was the last Democratic nominee to win South Carolina in a presidential election. Could Hillary Clinton be the first Democrat to win the Palmetto State in 40 years?

A poll commissioned by the South Carolina Democratic Party was released by Public Policy Polling. Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by a margin of 41% to 39%. Gary Johnson receives 5% and Jill Stein  got 2%.

Clinton wins 84% of Democrats in the poll. Trump only receives 77% of Republicans. Both Trump and Clinton are viewed favorably by only 38% of respondents. Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 55% of respondents while Trump’s unfavorability rating is 56%.

The same poll asked about favorability/unfavorability of other politicians in the state. Lindsey Graham’s favorability ratings show him underwater. His favorable rating comes in at 30% while his unfavorable rating lands at 54%. His unfavorables stay pretty much the same across the board among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Tim Scott and Nikki Haley fare better in the favorability rankings. Respondents gave Scott a favorable/unfavorable ranking of 45/28. He has the same poll numbers for his re-election bid in November. Respondents gave Nikki Haley a favorable score of 48% and an unfavorable score of 39%. Her favorable number dropped 8 points from the 56% it was last fall.

Be sure to read the full release of the poll that includes crosstabs and the language of the poll questions.  PPP is a Democratic Party firm so there might be some degree of house effect in their polling. However, these numbers look bad for Trump even if you assume they are off a bit.

Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard summed things up nicely about the state of the national race:

Trump isn’t just behind in the big battleground states. No, what should scare sense into any sophisticated Republicans is that Trump is clinging to bare leads in Utah, Kansas, and South Carolina. He’s behind in Georgia. This is not a presidential race. It’s The Poseidon Adventure.

Nate Silver of 538 even noted the SC Trump-Clinton numbers match his model:

As a native of the Palmetto State who has observed politics there for a long-time – and even participated in them – I would still be really surprised if Trump lost the state. The fact that it’s even close at this point should be a concern for his campaign. Of course, if he loses SC, he would definitely lose the whole thing. There’s a good chance Trump would lose the whole thing even if he squeaked by there.

Just a reminder, I’m not voting for Trump and I left the GOP recently.

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More results from the PPP poll:

  • 84% of voters support background checks for all gun purchases, including 82% of Republicans.
  • 81% of voters support barring gun ownership for people on the terror watch list, including 85% of Republicans.
  • 77% of voters support a raise in the minimum wage to ten dollars, including 67% of Republicans.
  • 78% of voters supported student loans being refinanced at lower rates.
  • 53% of voters support LGBT anti-discrimination laws.

In closing, I would still be a bit surprised if Trump lost SC, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he won by a single-digit margin.

Wanted teen taunts police on Facebook Live

Facebook LiveFacebook Live is the latest outlet for criminals to be seen and heard. At left is a picture, provided by the Spartanburg County (SC) Sheriff’s Department, of Nicolas Shane Earnhart.

According to Fox Carolina, Earnhart went on Facebook Live Tuesday and taunted police. According to the reporter who saw the video, “Earnhart said he knew he was going to jail but authorities were going to have to come find him.”

Earnhart is wanted for multiple counts of breaking into a car, multiple counts of petit larceny, grand larceny, and burglary.

Police consider him armed and dangerous and previous media reports, including one by WSPA indicate that almost every picture he posts on social media includes him brandishing at least one weapon. WSPA also reported that one picture posted on Earnhart’s account showed an assault on a law enforcement officer. Upon further research, the latter appears to have been an emoji of a police offier next to the emoji of a gun with profanity written above it.

I have not been able to find an account for Earnhart doing a quick Facebook search. The local sheriff’s department posted numerous pictures and other information online.

Other Crimes and Criminals on Facebook Live

Before Facebook Live was a thing, a disgruntled employee at a Virginia television station gunned down two of his coworkers while they were doing a live shot on the air. He also posted the video to his Facebook account.

Other examples of crimes and terrorist attacks shown via Facebook Live:

  • The Paris attacks by ISIS were streamed live.
  • A Chicago man was murdered while streaming live video just last month.
  • Just today, police in Norfolk, Virginia reported on a triple shooting that was streamed live yesterday.
  • After Philando Castile was shot by police, his girlfriend streamed live video that showed the final moments of his life.
  • There have also been reports of sexual assaults and other cases, ususally involving minors that were streamed live.

With the ubiquity of mobile devices and apps including Periscope, Twitter’s new live video, Snapchat, Facebook Live, and other platforms, we will continue to see more of this. It’s not a knock on the platforms, just a statement on life in the 21st century.



Army spending $200K on transgender bathroom?

ArmyA congressman from South Carolina tonight posted on Facebook that the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is constructing a bathroom and shower for a transgender employee that will reportedly cost $200,000. The construction is reportedly taking place at Hartwell Dam, which is a dam in the Savannah River between South Carolina and Georgia.

Congressman Jeff Duncan made a public post on Facebook earlier this evening (screen capture below) reporting that he was informed of this news and is looking into it further. USACE’s facility at the  dam is in South Carolina’s Third District (which Duncan represents) and the nearest municipality of any size is Anderson.


A couple of questions  come to mind:

  • Is there a women’s bathroom/shower in existence at the USACE facility at Hartwell Dam already?
  • Or is this bathroom and shower being built because there is only a men’s facility already there?

Without knowing these facts, the initial reports are hard to totally digest. No matter what your position on the transgender issues that are in the news lately, it seems like a bit of overkill financially to accomodate one person.

I hope Congressman Duncan will follow up with these details later after he speaks with the commanding general of USACE.

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Rapper involved in Waffle House fight in SC

Waffle House

Fox Carolina reports that rapper Juvenile was involved in an altercation at a Waffle House on Pelham Road in Greenville, South Carolina.

From their report (emphasis added):

A witness told FOX Carolina Juvenile entered the Waffle House restaurant on Pelham Road on Friday night. According to reports, a man in the restaurant said, “Juvenile is here, I guess the hoes are coming.”

Juvenile, who was with his wife, reportedly thought the man had insulted her and became angry.

The witness said Juvenile’s security team pulled him out of the restaurant but he came back in. When the man stood up, Juvenile punched him in the face before his friends joined in the attack, according to the witness.

A waitress at the restaurant reportedly grabbed the sink hose and sprayed down the whole group.

The report indicates that by the time local law enforcement arrived the “scene had cleared.”

Waffle House isn’t the sole scene of Juvenile’s crimes

Juvenile is 41 years old. His real name is Terius Gray and he was born in New Orleans.

He has been involved in hip hop as a rapper since 1991. Gray has also had a limited acting career.

Juvenile’s legal history dates back to at least 2002, when he was charged with assaulting his barber. He suspected the barber of bootlegging his music. Since then, he has been arrested on drug charges and performed community service for being involved in a fight outside a club. In 2010, he received probation after being charged with possession of marijuana. He also was charged with simple possession and speeding in New Orleans in 2011.

Juvenile also is a deadbeat dad.

In 2004, Joy Deleston filed a paternity lawsuit against him. Both parties agreed that he was the father after a DNA test. The lawsuit contended Juvenile was not paying child support for his daughter Jelani. In 2008, Joy Deleston, Jelani, and another of Joy’s children were murdered by Joy’s 17 year old son. Juvenile received criticism for not attending the funeral, but indicated that he didn’t want to be a distraction.

In 2012, a warrant was issued for Juvenile’s arrest for failure to pay child support to Dionne Williams, reportedly the mother of his teenage son. A judge ruled that he could avoid arrest and 90 days in jail if he paid $50,000 immediately.