This week in the Civil War for September 22 1863
Battle of Chickamauga reenactment

BLOODY FRACAS IN BEAUREGARD'S ARMY ABOUT A PINT OF WHISKY

Whiskey
"BLOODY FRACAS IN BEAUREGARD'S ARMY ABOUT A PINT OF WHISKY.--A fight occurred in Beauregard's army between the Border Guards and the Wise Artillery, when a number were wounded, including Capt. John Q. A. Nadenbush of the Berkley Guards, and Capt. E. G. Albertis of the Wise Artillery. The fracas arose in consequence of a woman named Bella Boyd refusing to sell a bottle of whisky to a soldier. She demanded two dollars for a pint bottle; soldier offered one; Mrs. Boyd refused to sell; soldier seized bottle; woman drew a knife; soldier did the same; Wise Artillery interfered in behalf of woman, and Border Guards Artillery for soldier. It was a fierce conflict, and was only ended by the interference of general officers. Twenty or thirty were badly wounded."


http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038121/1861-11-21/ed-1/seq-1/ (lower right-hand corner)

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