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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Extracts from the diary of Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Pressley, of the Twenty-Fifth South Carolina Volunteers. (search)
and Lamar, was held at the Military Hall to inquire into the killing of Colonel Ransom Calhoun, of the First regiment South Carolina artillery regulars, by Major Alfred Rhett, of the same regiment. While the practice of duelling was condemned, the finding of the court was not such as to deter General Beauregard, who had succeeded Pemberton in the command of the Department, from recommending the promotion of Rhett to fill Calhoun's place. There was a great deal of fever in the city during the summer and fall. A few cases of yellow fever were reported Colonel J. B. Lamar, who distinguished himself at Secessionville, was one of the victims. The health e enemy crossed the bar and approached Fort Sumter. The garrison of the fort consisted of the First regiment of artillery (regulars), under the command of Colonel Alfred Rhett. Our Surgeon, W. C. Ravenel, M. D., went with me down to Fort Johnson to witness the fight. It lasted about two hours and a half. It was a magnificent si