whirl-a-gust

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donna

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whirl-a-gust. A wirlwind or other fast destructive force. The Confederate veteran Sam Watkins recalled a brigade that "swooped down on thos Tankees like a whirl-a-gust of woodpeckers in a hail storm".

From "The Language of the Civil War" by John D. Wright page 323.
 
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