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	A Seceding U. S. Major.
and after we had looked at the exterior of the
surrounding barracks and drank at a pump
or fountain in the centre (I forget which) we
were invited into the room of the late command-
er of the Arsenal, Major Humphrey U. S. A.
who was there only on sufferance from the South
Carolinian authorities, for they had virtually,
though not practically, taken possession of the Ar-
senal and all its contents and Humphrey might
be considered a nominal prisoner, though he
was free to leave and intended in a day or two
to embark for Florida, his native state, there
to do a little hunting for relaxation in the Ever-
glades, anon (so Carlyle told me) to throw up
his commission in the army of the federal govern-
ment and to share the fortunes of the South.
He knew Carlyle very well and made us heartily
welcome, producing whiskey, wine and cigars.
There was present also a cheery, old, white-haired
negro, who seemed the personification of happiness
and good-humor; Carlyle shook him by
the hand and talked with him as with an old
acquaintance.   This man was a slave.  He wait-
ed upon us as though he loved us.      Leaving,
after an hour s stay, at Morgan s suggestion
we went to see a German company, he appre-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page eleven
Description:Regarding a visit to the Arsenal in Charleston.
Date:1861-01-01
Subject:African Americans; Carlyle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Humphrey, Major; Military; Morgan, St. Clair M.; Slaves
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]; Florida
Scan Date:2010-05-07

 

Volume
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.