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	        And its Features.

[two photographs of the Battery]

			harbour, with Forts
			Sumter, Pinckney,
			Moultrie and John-
			stone in the distance.
			Plots of thin clover
			a perfect wonder in
			this grassless land,
			promenades, neatly-
			fenced and covered
			with broken shells
(Looking towards.)    	 instead of gravel;
			a handsome bronze
			lantern-stand, twen-
			ty-five feet high,
			meant for a bea-
			con; a long and
			solid stone quay,
(At the junction of the two rivers.)     the first sea-walk
in the United States; a background of the best
houses in Charleston, three-storied and faced with
verandas): such are the features of the Battery.
  x  x  Standing on this side of the Ashley and
looking across it, you naturally see the other side.
The long line of nearly dead level, with its stretches
of thin pine forest and its occasional glares of
open sand, gives you an idea of the whole country
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page thirty-four
Description:Describes the Battery at Charleston.
Date:1861-01-04
Subject:Castle Pinckney (Charleston, S.C.); Fort Moultrie (S.C.); Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler
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.