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	A German Militia Company.
hending some opportunity for ridicule in their inex-
pertness.         We met by the way, and I was intro-
duced to Captain Jack Cunningham, otherwise known
as  fighting Jack,  proprietor of the  Charleston Eve-
ning News  (a poor paper, with but little circulation)
and the hero of a bloody duel.         At the barrack,
we found the company of German militia, filling
a small room, playing cards and smoking, while
their muskets stood stacked outside, in the drizzle!
Morgan in his most consequential West Point man-
ner, spoke to the captain of the company, ordered
the arms in, &c.     The Germans were very honest,
hospitable fellows, bade us come near the fire;
one composed of logs burning on old fashioned iron
dogs, and offered us drink and cigars.             I had
a glass or so of uncommonly good English ale,
and drank to their corps and stood warming my-
self; with the uniforms, arms, lights and shadows
and faces; it was a picturesque scene.    We drove
to the hotel afterwards and I forget the rest
of the evening.     It was possibly spent in the
hall of the hotel, that  on charge  of gossip, pos-
sibly included an hour or two, about midnight,
in the editorial room of the Charleston  Courier 
  I have omitted one scene which, I think, must
have occurred this morning, on my rejoining Colt,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twelve
Description:Describes a visit to the camp of a German militia company.
Date:1861-01-01
Subject:Charleston evening news.; Colt, Amos H.; Cunningham, Jack; Germans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military
Coverage (City/State):[Charleston, South Carolina]
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.