EXTRACTS FROM THIS WEEK’S “PUNCH”.
GREEK FIRE ON CHARLESTON.
Title:Greek Fire on Charleston
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:September 19th 1863
This anonymous Punch poem comments on the controversial use of incendiary bombs by the Union’s Major-General Quincy Gillmore during the siege of Charleston in August 1863. Its republication in the context of a local Bolton newspaper joins it with several poems in the region which perhaps offer implicit sympathy for the Confederate situation, if not cause. – SR