Broadside, 20 [Mar. 1862], of the Ladies Gun| Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Front Page 2007 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Boat Society (Charleston, S.C.)
A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2007
Printed manuscript, 20 [March 1862], broadside printed by Evans & Cogswell, Printers, announcing "A patriotic Musical Festival, proposed by some public spirited ladies of Charleston in aid of the Ladiesí Gunboat." | Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The program of the concert is also advertised. The event was held in Charleston, S.C., at Hibernian Hall "under the direction of Professor M.S. Reeves, assisted by Professor Platte." Also mentioned in the program are G.F. Cole, piano merchant, Miss E. Sloman, another music teacher, as well as "Sig. Gambati," apparently the same Alessandro Gambati, an Italian musician associated with the Italian Opera in New York, who famously challenged John Norton to a trumpet duel in 1834 and who is known as one of the great-grandfathers of New Orleans jazz. Some musical selections at the Charleston festival included a chorus titled "God Save the South" and a solo and chorus from "La Marseillaise."
"The Ladiesí Gunboat" was the first name for the CSS Palmetto State, the ironclad that for more than two years defended Charleston along with her sister ship, the Chicora. Partial funding for Confederate ironclads such as the Palmetto State was raised through various Ladiesí Gunboat Societies, of which Charlestonís was one of the earliest.
Some of the "public spirited ladies of Charleston" include Mary A. Snowden and Mary Boykin Chesnut, whose papers indicate their involvement in Charlestonís Ladiesí Gunboat Society. "The Ladiesí Gunboat" disabled the U.S.S. Mercedita, defended the harbor behind Ft. Sumter during DuPontís attack, aided in the escape of soldiers from Ft. Wagner, and was at last burned in the evacuation of Charleston at the end of the war.