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	         At the Arsenal.
while Colt and I sat in the carriage, before Car-
lyle had joined us, and while Morgan had gone into
a store on Meeting Street, we observed the Seceding
Conventionx pass along the side-walk, promenading
two and two, towards the hotel, where they always
dined at 4 P. M.        Colt compared them, ironically,
to the signers of the Declaration of Independence, say-
ing each one was an historical charac-
ter, in his own conceit.            They did parade with a
little affectation.          It was a dull, raw, afternoon,
promising rain, as we bowled through the outskirts
to the arsenal, where, at the gate, we found a Ger-
man sentinel on guard.     We had to wait a little
before obtaining admittance.  Morgan fussing over it,
taking the sentinel aside with a pretence of secresy
about the countersign (which we all knew to be
 Pickens    the name of the governor) and even ta-
king the man s musket away to show him how to
hold it.          Passing in, at length, after some mem-
bers of a mounted corps had ridden by and salu-
ted the two Southerners, we walked briskly
across an open space, with trees, and hedges and
flowers, all of which must have looked lovely
enough of a sunny morning but were hardly so
on a drizzly evening.      Reaching the building, we
went through an archway into an inner square,
	x See Page 189.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page ten
Description:Regarding a visit to the Arsenal in Charleston.
Subject:Carlyle; Colt, Amos H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Secession
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
Coverage (Street):Meeting Street
Scan Date:2010-05-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen
Description:Describes 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, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; 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.