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Posted : May 6, 2022

By: Elmore Marlow

There are many camp members and reenactors who have Manning tales, but this is one that I believe should not go untold. Several years ago, Manning and I served as council members at St. Johannes Church, where Manning was eulogized. We were on the property committee and took care of minor repairs around the church, and hired contractors for larger jobs.
Following spraying for bugs, I found a dead roach and was about to dispose of him when Manning told me he wanted the roach. I thought to myself, why would anyone want a dead roach. But, being an artist, Manning explained that he wanted to sketch the insect, and this would be a perfect specimen.

Several weeks later, Manning handed me a notebook which contained funny book-style drawings of a story about the roach, which began earlier in Europe. In the 17th and 18th century, many people were leaving Europe for the new world and were bringing roaches, which had been hidden away on ships and in people’s baggage. These ships managed to land in the northern ports of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Over the years, the roach population spread throughout the north and multiplied. But, at this time in history, the Southern states were still roach free.

At this point, Mr. Lincoln decided to invade the South and make the prosperity of the South available to the northern states. When the Yankees arrived, they brought the roaches with them, who had made nests in their hair. When they slept or fell in battle, the roaches would crawl into a strange new land. The Southerners were overcome by having to fight off two enemies at one time and after four years, they were overwhelmed and defeated. The Yankees slowly left the South to return home, taking whatever they wanted but leaving the roach behind. The roach had found a place where the weather was warm, people were friendly and the food was great. Roaches in South Carolina even changed their name to the Palmetto Bug, as they thought they were a cut above the average roach. Now, every time I see a roach, I think of Manny’s story of how the roach arrived in the South.

Note: This story appeared in the July 2012 issue of The Sentinel and was recently brought to the Editor’s attention by Compatriot Larry Steedly. Long time Compatriots will remember Compatriot Manning Williams, a Charter member of Secession Camp, who passed away in 2012. Compatriot Elmore Marlow is still a member but is disabled and cannot attend meetings regularly.

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