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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 130, February 1, 1861

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Identifier: DX01484601

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 130, February 1, 1861

Description: Describes a letter from George Boweryem.



The “Calhoun Guards”

[Thomas] McElrath finds some difficulty in carrying on and that Lieutenant Bartlett (who challenged [Edmund] Stedman about the Diamond Wedding business) does the Army and Navy intelligence. Also that [George] Boweryem visited Billington last Sunday, who read to him “a very poor poem and a longer one about a girdled tree.” Wrote to Boweryem in reply. Was summoned by [William] Carlyle and Bryan to go to the arsenal, now occupied by the Calhoun Guard, riding part of the way in an omnibus. We met Captain Jack Cunningham near the building. Being admitted to the inner portion we went up a winding staircase to a room where was a table with a demi-john of brandy, another of Bourbon whiskey and glasses upon it, arms and accoutrements and two or three volunteers of the “Calhoun Guard” on flock beds on the floor. We got a hearty, not to say uproarious welcome from them. Others of the corps were summoned, among them a huge, good-humored rather chuckle-headed fellow, very nearly seven feet high, whom they chaffed and slapped on the back and denominated, I know not why a “baby-waker.” I may observe incidentally that Carolinians are generally above

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:New York, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Armed Forces


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