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             Forts Sum^|t|ner & Moultrie.
scene, for the Zouave troop garrisoning it ran
round the fort to the wharf in a brisk trot pe-
culiar to their corps, while others formed in free
and easy style, musket in hand and talked
with acquaintances on board the Osiris.   On
we steamed again, getting a near view of Fort
Sumter, with its defiant stars and stripes steam-
ing in the breeze of the bright, glad, sunny mor-
ning.    Carlyle pointed out the localities to me,
the distant lines of sandy shore, the groves and
palmetto trees.       Disembarking at length at Sul-
livan s island, we must, of course, first of
all take a preliminary drink.     Then Carlyle
borrowed a telescope and we looked at the
sand-scape and bay, anon trudging through
the village of Moultrieville in land.  All around
us was hot, sunny and sandy, the queer
wooden houses quite deserted, sand choking
their yards and gardens and spiky plants
menacing you over the pales.   Arrived at Fort
Moultrie, we found a couple of young fellows
with crossed muskets and bayonets on guard
at the entrance and many volunteers and idlers
looking on.    Carlyle wouldn t try to obtain
admission, so we passed into an opposite field,
the gate of which was kept by two young men
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-one
Description:Describes a trip to Sullivan's Island.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Carlyle; Flags; Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Osiris (Ship); Sullivan Island (S.C.)
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.