Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Very Laconic

An amusing sword presentation was made on the 17th by officers of the Seventy-eighth Pennsylvania to their Colonel, Wm. Sirwell.  The presentation speech of Capt. Gillespie was, “Here we are and here you are.  This is a bully sword and came from bully fellows.  Take it, and use it in a bully manner.”  Col. Sirwell’s reply was, “Captain, that was a bully speech, let us take a bully drink.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2

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