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	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 com-
pany.       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 obey-
ed.      Returning, we looked in at the Pavi-
lion Hotel and heard a man who had  compo-
sed  a  national Palmetto song  perform it with
a piano accompaniment.        The tune was a
plagiarized adoption o the Star-Spangled Ban-
ner, the words commenced thus:
   All hail to the dawn of this glorious morning!
    The Genius of Liberty lights from the skies  &c.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes a visit to the Arsenal in Charleston.
Date:1861-02-01
Subject:England, Sergeant; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Isaacs, Sergeant; Military; Music; Songs
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.