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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 131, February 1, 1861

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Identifier: DX01485146

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 131, February 1, 1861

Description: Describes a visit to the Arsenal in Charleston.



Carousing in the Arsenal.

the average in height and commonly fine-looking fellows. Among the Guard was a Sergeant Isaacs, of Jewish extraction, who assumed the part of England of the Richland Rifles, singing however, much better. He first volunteered a bacchanal military song, then in compliment to me sang, “Here’s a health to honest John Bull!” to which I had to respond by a brief speech and a song, being accomodated with a rousing chorus by the whole strength of the company. While we ate bread-and-butter and sausages, the irrepressible Isaacs sang again, this time an amatory ditty, which was rendered abortive by the chaff and tumult of the fellows in bed. We had an hour of this and then a volunteer on guard came up to extinguish the lights, and though he and the order for it were d____d very emphatically, both were obeyed. Returning, we looked in at the Pavilion Hotel and heard a man who had “composed” a “national Palmetto song” perform it with a piano accompaniment. The tune was a plagiarized adoption o the Star-Spangled Banner, the words commenced thus:

“All hail to the dawn of this glorious morning!

The Genius of Liberty lights from the skies” &c.

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Armed Forces
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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