The regimental muster.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
SOME SOUTHERN HISTORY.
Mr. Hamlin Writes Interestingly About the Olden Days In The Past.
As indicated in my last communication the camp-meeting was pre-eminently the religion-social gathering in the days of yore and the only general gathering marked by the presence of ladies. The presence of the mothers with their daughters of the best families enlivened, restrained and dignified the occasion. … The boys, as a general rule, didn’t attend. The regimental muster, coming in May and held in the field fronting Capt. Killian’s dwelling, now the Mills property, was largely attended by those of 18 to 45 years of age by law, the elder ones by choice. Harry Guinn, a free colored man, furnished ginger-bread and beer. Some whiskey, only a few jugs, and pure, was at all these places. It made men funny but not vicious. A fisticuff was rare. Uncle Joe Dunn played the fiddle with his left hand and four or five elderly men danced. …
Brevard News, 7 December 1921.