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	Charleston Harbour.
other by  red light.   Abed by 10, in confident
expectation that we shall be at Charleston
next morning.
  23.  Sunday.   Lying off Charleston har-
bor by 6 A. M., having to wait the rising off
the tide, at noon, to get over the bar.    The
day pleasant and sunny.     Hither and thither,
loafing, an half-hour in the purser s cabin, talking
politics.    Lunch at noon, anon all on deck, the
vessel moving.    The shore, a long low sandy line,
presently discriminated as Sullivan s island,
with Fort Moultrie upon it, where are Major
Anderson and his garrison, expectant of siege or
attack by the South Carolinians.       It s an old-
fashioned water-battery, built after Vanban s
plan, of no great strength except as an aid to 
Fort Sumter, commanding the channel   a strong
fortress built at vast expense on an artificial
island.      Nearer the city is Castle Pinckney,
an unimportant place, over which the palmetto
flag was hoisted, in token of its being occupied
by the state.     This fort stands on Shute s Folly
island, a barren, sandy reach.                All on deck,
in the sunlight, the palmetto flag flying to the
fore, the stars and stripes aft.          By 2   P.M.
we disembark at Adger s wharf.         The first
sight of Charleston is not impressive, it looks
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Describes his voyage aboard the ''Marion'' to Charleston, South Carolina.
Date:1860-12-22
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Castle Pinckney (Charleston, S.C.); Flags; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marion (Ship); Ocean travel; Sullivan Island (S.C.); Ocean travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-04-30

 

Volume
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.