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	Ripley applied privately to Colt about the possibility
	Fort Moultrie, when in Anderson s possession.  Very
faced English woman and I felt sorry to hear
it.     Marchant, himself, short, acquiline-nosed,
with a moustache and imperial, rather a red
face and an O Brienish voice, has a spice
of the Jew in his genealogy, which, then, I
was unaware of.      He had crossed the Atlan-
tic six or seven times, settling in Charleston,
preferring it to all other trans-Atlantic locali-
ties and being perfectly persuaded of the intrinsic
admirableness of Slavery and the justice of Se-
cession.       He belonged to a military company
here.         The theatre, closed at present in conse-
quence of the times, exhibited in front of it, a
foolish transparency depicting crowded wharves,
arriving and departing vessels and other indica-
tions of maratime prosperity, as appertaining
to the good time coming.           At night I
must have sent off this dispatch to the
Evening Post:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  CHARLESTON, S. C., December 28, 1860 7 P. M.
  To-day s Charleston papers, which you will re-
ceive by the same mail which conveys this, will
confirm my yesterday s news, in some respects
supplying additional details.  The Courier s account
is the best, though its description of last night s
condition of the dismantled Fort Moultrie is exag-
gerated.  Since its occupation by the state autho-
rities no visitors, unless duly authorized by a
special permit, have been allowed within the
fortress, where the troops are busy enough effect-
ing arrangements for permanent possession.  It
is intended to undo and remedy, as soon as pos-
sible, Major Anderson s recent destructive labors.
The upspiking of the guns, in the absence of the

[newspaper clipping: second column]
necessary implements, must take a long time.
Meanwhile, a few shot and shell from Fort Sum-
ter, which shows its teeth grimly enough across
the waters of the bay, may demolish Fort Moul-
trie, bringing it in ruin about the ears of its pre-
sent occupants.
  Will Major Anderson attempt this?  That is
what we are all discussing.  I conclude not.  His
removal was simply a precautionary measure, based
on defensive principles.  An officer in the service
of the United States, in charge of its property, re-
sponsible for the lives and safety of the handful of
men under his command, left to his own resources,
without instructions or reinforcements from the
government it was unquestionably his duty to
place himself in the best position obtainable.  That
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Describes meeting theater manager Marchant whom he first met in a Leonard Street boarding house in New York.
Date:1860-12-28
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Colt, Samuel; Charleston courier.; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marchant; Marchant, Mrs.; Military; New York evening post.; Ripley, R.S.; Secession; Slavery; Theater
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Scan Date:2010-04-30

 

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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.