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The Daily Dispatch: September 18, 1861., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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llowing description of a gun and the gentleman who carries it: In Col. Gantt's regiment, a portion of which arrived here yesterday, is a gentleman named Preston Taylor, who is six feet and three inches in height. There would be nothing remarkable in his appearance, but for the immense gun he carries. Judge Hill's elephant parison to this piece of ordnance. It is five feet eleven and a half inches in length and carries a ball about two inches in diameter. On account of his size, Mr. Taylor is familiarly called "Babe" by his comrades, and the term "Babe's Battery" is applied to his gun. One of our citizens, on seeing the mammoth weapon, made its possessor a present of a bag of buckshot, and Mr. Taylor says he will "scatter them" in the right place. Eager for the fray. The Helena (Ark.) Shield learns that on last Monday week thirteen hundred Indian warriors--Southern allies — crossed the Arkansas river near Fort Smith, en route for McCulloch's camp. The Indians we