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For what became of the Aiken, see insertion at page 127 Vol 19.
				August 1861.
in another berth, presently awakening to talk
with the Virginian, not in the wisest manner,
for Colt, a Northerner, though an ex-demo-
crat, must needs always, more or less, be talk-
ing equivocal anti-secession..    As I dis-
covered afterwards, O Bryan lay shamming sleep
in another berth listening to him, he confessed
as much subsequently.        I d have drawn him
on!  he said.               By about 6 A. M. we
landed, after most of our party s debarkation,
partook of coffee at a shop in Market street
(where the city-scavengers, the abominable Turkey
buzzards were busy enough) and thence to
our hotel for a couple of hours  sleep.    And
I forget what transpired during the re-
mainder of the day.
  {30 and 31.  Sunday       Non mi recordo
  and Monday}       as to details.
Here are notes sent off to the P Evening
Post which give some idea of what was happen-
ing during the last days of the year 1860,
in Charleston:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
Warlike Preparations in Charleston What the Se-
  cessionists are Doing Business Standstill The
  Projected Attack on Fort Sumter.
     CHARLESTON, S. C., 8 P. M. December 30, 1860.
  The arsenal has been taken possession of by the
state authorities, the United States flag hauled
down and that of the Palmetto displayed in its

[newspaper clipping: second column]
  The city is still rife with rumors, and everywhere
it is believed that an attack will be made upon Fort
Sumter directly means can be organized.  All sorts
of expedients are canvassed and the most eager
desires expressed for precipitate action.  There is
but one popular sentiment on the question and that
belligerent.  Despatches are received hourly from
the interior of the state, volunteering assistance.
Any stranger in Charleston might surmise that
some crisis had arrived, that something important
was in progress from the looks of its citizens.  Their
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Mentions the turkey buzzards in Charleston.
Subject:Civil War; Colt, Amos H.; Flags; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York evening post.; O'Bryan; Secession
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina
Coverage (Street):Market Street
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.