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	       Major Ripley.
secretly evacuated Fort Moultrie.     This news
awaited me when I got down stairs, and
Ripley, to whom I was introduced, gossipped
with me for half-an-hour about it.        He was
a sturdy, obese, bearded man, an ex U. S.
artillery officer; had served in Mexico and
written a history of that war, published by
the Harper s.     At present, a soldier of for-
tune, he had come to Charleston in search of
office on the side of the Carolinians.   He
chuckled a good deal about the movement of
 Bob  Anderson, whom he knew perfectly
well, and talked of the Carolina volunteer sol-
diery with much of that short-sighted military
contempt which  regulars  ordinarily profess
for militia.            He had been in England du-
ring the Russian war, as an agent for Sharp s
rifles, was indeed the  Gaunt Stranger  intro-
duced in an amusing  Punch  drama, entitled
 Under Consideration,  by Tom Taylor, which
I remembered perfectly well.            I talked
awhile with him, then turned out and went
briskly to the newspaper offices, mingling
with the crowds around the bulletins, observing
the hoisting of the Palmetto flag over the Cus-
tom house, encountering Frank Wood, Bunch
and others.       Returning with Wood, he took
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes meeting Major R.S. Ripley.
Subject:Bunch, Robert; Flags; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mexican War; Military; Punch.; Ripley, R.S.; Taylor, Tom; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; Mexico; England
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.