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	A Night Cruise in Charleston Harbor.
unpleasant-and-rather-sinister-looking young
fellow, of course of Irish decent) with a
Virginian, a Cuban or Spaniard and with
one or two others we embarked, at a dark
pier near the Battery aboard a boat which
conveyed us to the Aiken.    The night was cold,
but fine, the stars shining, the moon also,
and we cruised to and fro, presently when it
grew very cold going below into the little cabin
to drink whiskey.      I talked awhile, smoked,
  29.  Saturday.}       mused on the strangeness
of my position, felt cold and tired and fi-
nally got into a berth and went to sleep, there-
by missing witnessing an incident which may as
well be chronicled in my dispatch to the Post
written in the course of the morning:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
	{Special Despatch to the Evening Post.}
	CHARLESTON, S. C., December 29, 1860.
  Last night the revenue cutter Aiken, once the
property of the United States, now resumed by the
state, was despatched on a cruising expedition
about the bay, in the vicinity of Fort Sumter.  At
about one o clock she perceived a schooner which
had apparently recently quitted the fort.  The
commanding officer, Captain Croftsx, manned a
boat, gave chase, and, after a long row, boarded
the schooner.  Its contents proved to be over a
hundred men, the laborers recently employed in
Fort Moultrie, thence transferred to Fort Sumter

[newspaper clipping: second column]
by Major Anderson.  They stated that the Major
had endeavored to prevail upon them to undertake
military duty, against the state of South Carolina,
that upon their persistent refusal, he had caused
them to be conveyed, on Thursday night, to one of
the islands in the bay, leaving them there; that
next morning they had been re-conveyed to Fort
Sumter, to be again entreated, with the same re-
sult.  That finally they had been shipped in the
schooner to go whithersoever they pleased.  The
men are mostly Baltimoreans, and will embark for
their native city this afternoon.
  They say Major Anderson has but one hundred
men, only seventy of which are soldiers.  He is
provisioned for six months.

[Gunn s diary continued]
x Coste
Lindsay attempted to rouse me several times,
without my understanding him.  Colt slumbered
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Describes a nighttime cruise in Charleston Harbor.
Date:1860-12-28
Subject:Aiken (Ship); Anderson, Robert; Colt, Amos H.; Coste, Captain; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Lindsay; Military; New York evening post.
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.