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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 141, February 5-6, 1861

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Identifier: DX01490599

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 141, February 5-6, 1861

Description: Describes a day spent at the horse races.



Charleston Races.

for the inevitable drinks, we were joined next door by Beecher, Bryan, Lavine and Heiss – the latter recently returned from Augusta, Georgia. Talk, chaff and story-telling for half- an-hour, then most of us journeyed up-town to the hotel together, and of course to the bar, where was W. Waud. To bed by midnight.

6. Wednesday. Hither and thither with [Russell] Ramsay, till [William] Carlyle appeared in a carriage, into which we stepped forthwith and bowled away to the Races, a young Cadet from the citadel completing our party. The morning was lovely, the air pure, cool and sweet. Arrived at the race-course, of course a circular one, a mile round with a handsome wooden stand for ladies and subscribers, we abandoned our carriage to its negro-driver, strolled about among the horses and equipages, and presently into the upper room of a spacious two-story building where I counted seven gambling-tables, mostly faro. Below was a bar-room. Both rooms had plenty of patrons. Saw W. Waud, Marchant and others, strolling about. The day hot in the sun, cool out of it. We saw the race from the top of our carriage, only Carlyle obtaining admission to the stand. Returning to

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:Augusta, Georgia

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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