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	of procuring a supply of cutlasses, for the purpose of storming
	probably they contemplated this.     February 1861.

[newspaper clipping continued]
he has done to the surprise and indignation of
Charleston.  But it by no means follows that he is
desirous of  setting a bloody mark upon the busi-
ness  by cannonading its citizens.  It is very gene-
rally supposed that the attempt on the part of the
military in Fort Moultrie to replace the damaged
guns leveled at Fort Sumpter by effective ones
will bring this to the test.

[Gunn s diary continued]
This night, I was
up in the Courier of-
fice with the following
persons; Carlyle of
whom I have spoken previously; Dr Bird,
his brother-in-law, the mildest and most gentle-
manly of ex clergymen; Colt, Lindsay, (ano-
ther agent for the sale of arms of whom plenty
anon) and others.     There was an expedition on
foot to go cruising about the bay, on the look
out off Fort Sumter, which I obtained an
invitation to shore.   The captain of the Aiken,
one Captain Coste, had been in the U. S.
revenue service, and recently seceding, his ves-
sel had been summarily appropriated by the
South Carolinian leaders of the revolution.  He,
Coste, was a small man, with grizzled hair
and a terrier-like look, not a lovely person by
any means, I should have called him a bad
style of conceited Southerner.   He boasted of
having been a  nullifier  in Jackson s time,
and made his appearance in a naval cap with
a palmetto tree, in silver, upon it and a rifle-
gun slung in a belt, as though he were going
a shooting.    With this hero, then, with Colt,
Lindsay, O Bryan, (an employee in the Tele-
graph office, a thinnish-featured, black-haired,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Describes meeting Captain Coste of the ship ''Aiken.''
Date:1860-12-28
Subject:Aiken (Ship); Anderson, Robert; Bird, Dr.; Carlyle; Civil War; Colt, Amos H.; Coste, Captain; Firearms; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lindsay; Military; O'Bryan; Secession
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.