23rd SC Infantry
Palmetto Battalion, Co. B
Florence, South Carolina

The 23rd SC Infantry is a group of enthusiasts that portray soldiers of the Civil War. We learn from and enjoy the ways of life of an era gone by. We are also the hosts for The Skirmish Of Gamble's Hotel held at The Columns in Florence, South Carolina.
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The Skirmish Of Gambles Hotel
"The Columns"

Because of things beyond our control, The Skirmish Of Gambles Hotel did not take place in 2021. What we know with respect to the COVID situation leads us to believe that it will have a strong impact well into the year. Hopefully when we get past this we can get back together on the field of valor. Many thanks to those of you that have supported us in the past.


As most of you already know, Hub passed away due to complications from Covid. Our most heartfelt condolences to Hub's family and friends. Following is the note I received from his son James.

To the friends and Family of Hub Clapper:

It is with a heavy heart that I send you this email, as it will be the last that comes from Hub's account. I have attached the Obituary and Service details in the message below, if you are reading this, I encourage you to send it on to anyone who knew him, add it to your facebook pages, etc... Details on how to join the online service are located below. For those of you who wish to participate, Dad requested that we tell you to have a sip of Jameson's Irish whiskey and smoke a good cuban cigar in his memory.

Hubbard G. Clapper, Jr. 72, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021 at MUSC in Florence. A memorial service will be held, with full Military and Masonic Rites at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Richardson Funeral Home.

Hub was born in Giessen, Germany the son of the late Hubbard G. Clapper, Sr. and Eleanor Lelia Clapper (Petie). He was a veteran, having honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps and the US Coast Guard. In his early years he served as a Police Officer in Central Florida and proudly served as a volunteer firefighter in Orlando, FL at Station 50 (Holden Heights) where he eventually became a fire commissioner. His life took him on many journeys where he became a jack-of-all trades, but ultimately landed in a career selling ambulances.

He was involved in a multitude of groups, including The Old West Society of Minnesota, Clan Douglas, The Sons of Confederate Veterans, 7th Brigade Honor Guard, Pee Dee Light Artillery, The American Legion, Ancient and Free Masons of South Carolina, The National Rifle Association, The Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Surviving are his wife, Jerry Anne Clapper; son, James Lee Clapper and daughter, Jessica Lynn Clapper. To honor his love of history, the family asks that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to the *The Hub Clapper Historical Fund* at Francis Marion University (see information below).

Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to join us in celebrating Hub's life using this link: https://bit.ly/HubClapper.

The service and the zoom meeting from the link above will begin Saturday, September 11th at 2PM, but you may join as early as 1:30. If you have any questions, please email the family at JClapper91@gmail.com.

Should you wish to donate via check instead, please send it to:

Hub Clapper Historical Fund
Education Foundation
Francis Marion University
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29501