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[newspaper clipping]
  The following letter from the wife of an officer sta-
tioned at Fort Moultrie is calculated to send a thrill
through the heart of every American.   We have no
time to comment upon it, but we fear President Bu-
chanan and his Secretary of Ware are storing up a ter-
rible retribution for themselves and those whose trea-
sonable conduct they encourage:	{Evening Post.
		 FORT MOULTRIE, Dec. 11, 1860.
   DEAR____: I feel too indignant.  I can hardly
stand the way in which this weak little garrison is
treated by the Heads of the Government.  Troops and
proper accommodation are positively refused, and yet
the Commander has orders to hold and defend the fort.
Was ever such a sacrifice (an intentional one) known?
The Secretary has sent several officers at different times
to inspect here, as if that helped.  It is a mere sham,
to make believe he will do something.  In the mean
time a crisis is very near.  I am to go to Charleston
the first of the week.  I will not go further if I can
help it.
   Within a few days we here and from so many
sources that we cannot doubt it that the Charlesto-
nians are erecting two batteries, one just opposite us,
at a little village, Mount Pleasant, and another on the
end of this island; and they dare the Commander to
interfere while they are getting ready to fight sixty
men.  In this weak little fort I suppose President Bu-
chanan and Secretary Floyd intend the Southern Con-
federacy to be cemented with the blood of this brave
little garrison.
   These names should be handed down to the end of
   When the last man is shot down, I presume they
will think of sending troops.  The soldiers here deserve
great credit though they know what an unequal num-
ber is coming to massacre them, yet they are in good
spirits, and will fight desperately.  Our Commander
says he never saw such a brave little band.  I feel
desperate myself.  Our only hope is in God.  My love
to father and all.        Your affectionate     SISTER. 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding a letter from the wife of an officer describing conditions at Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina.
Subject:Buchanan, James; Civil War; Doubleday, Abner, Mrs.; Floyd, John B.; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; New York evening post.
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-04-30


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.