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              Major Anderson in Sumter.
and thought what if I lay down on the bed,
put the loaded revolver I had to my ear and
pulled the trigger!           Of course I was no such
ass, but I thought it badly, for awhile.
  When the bell rang (or rather when the gong
sounded) I went down-stairs to supper,
found Colt afterwards and kept him company
during the rest of the evening.   I believe we
went again to see the  minstrels  and so ended
my Christmas Day.
  26.  Wednesday.   Finishing letter.  Wood
came again and dined with me, at my invi-
tation.         About with Colt, I think to 
St Andrews Hall, which the Secession convention
had just quitted, on the close of their day s
labors.   A colonial-looking interior, with a
full length portrait of the Queen in it, and
other portraits, the Pinckneys, Moultries &
others of Carolinian history.
  27.  Thursday.   This morning, early, there
came to Colt s chamber-door, as he subsequently
informed me, a certain acquaintance of his, one
Major Ripley who announced a fact which
had set all Charleston frantic in the words:
 By G__ Bob s got  em, now!  He s in Sum-
ter and all h__l can t get him out!           In
other words Major Anderson, had last night
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Mentions that Major Anderson has gone to Fort Sumter.
Date:1860-12-25
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Colt, Amos H.; Firearms; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ripley, R.S.; Secession; Suicide; Wood, Frank
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.