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	The Battery at Charleston
letter.    And Mat writes shortest of all, plain
and kindly.           I needn t say these letters
pleased me enough.     I got them one morning,
as near as I can make out on the third, and
recollect taking an afternoon walk in the en-
virons of the city and on the Battery, in a
half morbid, lonely state, rendering me pre-
ternaturally sensitive to epistolary kindness.
It was a mildly-raw, unpleasant afternoon and
the sun set with disagreeable colors, green and
murky yellow predominating.    There were chil-
dren playing and some girls walking on the
esplanade, and I saw a boat come from
the schooner which lies anchored in the Ashley
River, the assumed nursery of a future South
[photograph of Battery]
Carolina navy.
This Battery
 is the extreme
point of the city
peninsula, its
right facing on
the Ashley, its
left on the 
Cooper, its out-
look command-
(Looking towards James Island.)   ing the entire
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page thirty-three
Description:Describes the Battery at Charleston.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Gunn, Thomas Butler; James 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.