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	Exultant Secessionists.
mical to the Secessionists and South Carolina,
inasmuch that its Charleston correspondent
was more than uneasy about it and talked
every day of returning to New York.   In the
course of our pereginations between the bar and
hall of the hotel, Wood returned, when I told
him Coste s remark, not softening it, at which
he was much moved and resolved on incontinent-
ly securing his passage northwards, professing
himself very much obliged to me for my informa-
tion!       And so he ascended to his room in a de-
cided state of funk, despite his intimacy with
Paul Hayne, his knowledge of the president of the
Vigilance Committee and the like.      We continued
fluctuating about the Mills House awaiting the
return of the embassy to Washington, the mem-
bers of which were in council with Governor Pickens.
Among the persons to whom I was introduced
was a Mr Washington, a Virginian and a 
Georgian, exultant in the news that his state
had seized its forts &c before seceding.  There
were a batch of citadel cadets too, in the bar-
room, exceeding drunken, foolish and bragging
youths who toasted South Carolina and d____d
the North in a edifying manner.     It was past
midnight when Carlyle, Mitchel and I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes the triumphant attitude of certain secessionists.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Carlyle; Coste, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayne, Paul Hamilton; Journalism; Mills House (Charleston, S.C.); Mitchel, John, Jr.; New York world.; Pickens, F.W.; Secession; Vigilance committees; Washington; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, South Carolina; New York, [New York]; Georgia
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.