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             The Star of the West  fired on.
  9.  Wednesday.   Another day of interest and
excitement in Charleston.  The  Star of the West 
steamer, sent with reinforcements to Fort Sum-
ter and Major Anderson, is fired into by the
Morris Island battery.   I heard of it, first, from
Lindsay at the Express office; not knowing of
course, then, that Hills of the  Evening Post  was
on board.   (He wrote a good account of it on his
return, which sold the copy of the paper in which
it was printed immensely.)      From the Express,
I went to the  Courier office,  finding a crowd (for
Charleston) round both the bulletin-boards of
that and the  Mercury  and considerable ex-
citement.   The latter stated that the steamer was
 badly hulled,  that she might have to run a-shore
when a land-battle must be imminent and more,
which the result contradicted.    At the  Courier 
Office, which I found temporarily untenanted, I
wrote a hasty note to the  Evening Post,  on Car-
lyle s desk, in pencil, using editorial paper, and
then rushed over the way and mailed it.         Re-
turning, Bird came in shortly afterwards.
Up-town anon.   A crowd thronging round an
officer carrying a flag of truce from Fort
Sumter,   I followed .        At the Express Of-
fice, almost opposite the house of Governor
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page forty-eight
Description:Describes the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery.
Subject:Anderson, Robert; Bird, Dr.; Charleston courier.; Charleston mercury.; Civil War; Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hills, A.C.; Lindsay; New York evening post.; Star of the West (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Charleston, [South Carolina]
Scan Date:2010-05-07


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.